Dr. Cassandra Steer

Dr. Cassandra Steer is an independent consultant in space security and space law, with over 10 years of international experience in academia.

Her current research interests focus on space security and the application of the law of armed conflict and the use of force in outer space.

Cassandra is the former Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada, former Acting Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, and former Executive Director of the McGill Center for Research in Air and Space Law. Prior to coming to Canada, from 2006 – 2014 Cassandra was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, teaching criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, and legal research methods. She has a PhD in international criminal law, and her book "Translating Guilt" (Springer, 2016) provides a comparative approach to notions of guilt applied in the international tribunals. In 2004 she interned at the International Criminal Court under Judge Navi Pillay, and she has been a Visiting Researcher at universities in Argentina, Canada, Germany and the USA, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar.

Currently, Cassandra Steer is the member for Canada on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, an Associate Expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, a Board member of WIIS-Canada. She is also an Associate Fellow of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, and the NATO Association of Canada.

Cassandra is an Advisory Board Member for the Inter Gentes Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, and for the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. She has provided peer reviews for articles and books published in journals throughout Europe and in Canada.