The Maxim Tarasenko Award

Maxim Tarasenko, a leading Russian space history scholar and a member of Space Policys editorial board, who contributed greatly to the elucidation of the Russian space programme in the journal and elsewhere, died in 1999. In order to commemorate his pioneering work in space policy, Elsevier Science has decided to hold an annual competition, open to all law school students and graduate students of space policy, to find the best essay. The competition will be announced in each February issue of Space Policy. The closing date will be 1 September of the same year and the winning entry will be published the following year. This years competition is thus now open, with a closing date of 1 September 2002; the winner to be announced and published in February 2003.


  1. The competition is open to all law school students and graduate students of space policy.
  2. The essay may be written on any topic of current debate in space law or policy, should be typewritten in English and should be between 10 and 20 pages (or 2500 and 5000 words) in length.
  3. Essays should be submitted by 1 September 2002 to Frances Brown, Editor, Space Policy. Where possible they should be submitted electronically (in Word) to Students without access to the Internet may post their essays (preferably including a disk version) to Seabank, Turnberry Road, Maidens, Ayrshire KA26 9NN, Scotland.
  4. The judges will be the Editor of Space Policy and two other judges appointed by Elsevier.
  5. The judges decision will be final; the editors cannot enter into any correspondence about the competition.

The Award

In addition to publication in the journal, the winner will receive 100 pounds, a certificate, and a years subscription to Space Policy.

Competition announcement in PDF format