New SLC-ANZ Board

Updated: Aug 4


Following the SLC-ANZ's first Annual General Meeting, held on 3 August 2021, the SLC-ANZ is delighted to announce that the Members have re-elected two existing Directors and appointed four new Directors to the Board of the SLC-ANZ.


The two existing Directors who have been re-elected are:


Sasha Bellamy

Sasha Bellamy studied space law with Steven Freeland as part of her undergraduate degree, and selected space law subjects as part of her current Masters of Law post-graduate course.

Sasha worked in Department of Defence for many years, the most recent was as Special Counsel to CIO which included supporting satellite and space related business units within Defence. Sasha currently works for a US tech company.

Sasha was a founding Director of the SLC-ANZ.


Joel Lisk

Joel PhD Candidate in Law researching the regulation of private activities in outer space and an Associate in an Adelaide-based law firm. Joel has written and presented on space law in a range of forums (in Australia and overseas). Joel has also taught space law and international law at the University of Adelaide.

Joel is an Associate at Adelaide-based law firm Cowell Clarke where he specialises in competition and consumer law, privacy and data regulation, and not-for-profits law.

Joel is a founding Director of the SLC-ANZ and the Company Secretary.


The four new Directors joining the SLC-ANZ Board are:


Prof Melissa de Zwart

Professor Melissa de Zwart is Dean of the Adelaide Law School. She is an expert in the commercial and military uses of outer space, having published extensively on matters from the history of Woomera to space mining. She is the Deputy Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia, Member of the Space Council of South Australia and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Woomera Manual on Military Space Operations. Melissa is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and has been the Regional Co-ordinator of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot.


Scott Schneider

Scott is Head of Regulation at Australian launch service company Southern Launch.

Scott holds a Master of Laws in air and space law from Leiden University where his primary research addressed the laws governing human behaviour during spaceflight.

He is an active member of the Space Law Council of Australia and New Zealand, the Space Industry Association of Australia and contributes to the International Space University in various capacities.

Scott is an advocate for space services in recognition of the contribution which space provides to increased standards of living.


Brette Schumann

Brette Schumann is an Executive in the South Australian Public Sector, where she has experience leading complex projects requiring intra and inter-governmental coordination and engagement. In her various roles in government, Brette has managed teams in areas of legal services, risk & audit, media, communications & engagement, and governance. Brette received her Bachelor of Laws in 2010, and her Master of Laws in 2021, both from the University of Adelaide. It was during her Master of Laws that Brette studied Commercial Space Law and developed a passion for the area.


Joann Yap

Joann is a Senior Associate and corporate lawyer at Lander & Rogers, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. As a former medical radiation scientist treating cancer patients, she is passionate about creative problem solving, achieving collaborative solutions and continuous learning. A keen interest in space law led to the completion of the first Space Law and Policy course at Harvard University's Summer School, despite the time difference, and she is motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the Australian space community. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at community legal centres, running and cooking for friends and family.


The Board will convene shortly and appoint a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson from amongst themselves.


The SLC-ANZ thanks the retiring Directors, Paul Monaghan and Noelle Hurley, for their immense contributions to the SLC-ANZ since incorporation and their invaluable guidance over the SLC-ANZ's first year of existence.


The SLC-ANZ also presented its Annual Report at the AGM. The Annual Report can be downloaded on the SLC-ANZ's Publications page.


If you have any questions about the SLC-ANZ, please contact us at info@spacelawcouncilanz.com.


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