Gina Petrovici

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)UN-Affairs Department Legal Advisor

Gina Petrovici, LL.M., is a lawyer working in the UN Affairs Department of the German Space Agency at DLR, where she advises on space law and policy. Engagement with the international space community is the basis of her work. She leads the preparation of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) plenary meetings and actively participates in the meetings of COPUOS and its Subcommittees. As a member of the German Delegation to ESA's International Relations Committee, she advises on matters related to COPUOS as well as national and international space law. Central topics of her work include legal and policy aspects related to: Activities on the Moon (incl. Space Resources), Space for Earth and Sustainable Space Activities. Besides preparing national inputs to the Committee meetings, Gina coordinates and advocates for common positions on topical issues of space regulation at national, regional and international levels. She is the point of contact at the German Space Agency for the Artemis Accords. In this role, she regularly interacts with signatories and non-signatories on issues related to the Accords.

Prior to her current position, she worked as Junior Lawyer at ESA’s Legal Services Department as part of a DLR fellowship.

Gina is determined to share knowledge and experience with young people and the community through her teaching activities, mentoring and speaking engagements. She is a Lecturer on Space Law and Policy and a Co-Coordinator of SGAC’s Space Generation Advocacy and Policy Platform (SGAPP). At SGAPP, she is responsible for directing the Platform, including the oversight of SGAC policy and advocacy activities in all areas of strategic governance, such as COPUOS.

She holds a Master of Laws from the University of London and is currently preparing a PhD in Space Law. Gina has contributed to a number of publications.

At IAF, Gina is involved in the IAF International Programme Committee and the Committee on Space Security. She is also actively involved in the activities of the International Institute of Space Law, where she contributes to its Space Traffic Management Working Group, and the European Centre for Space Law, where she was elected student representative to the ECSL Board in 2015/16. Her efforts in this position led to the creation of the ECSL Young Lawyers' Symposium, which provides a platform for the younger generation to express their views on space law issues and to exchange these with established experts. Gina is also a member of WIA-E and the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN).