AUWCL Welcomes the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization’s 37th Assembly of Parties

ITSO Panel

In the context of the partnership between AUWCL and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), the law school will host ITSO’s 37th Assembly of Parties October 12-14, 2016. The Assembly of Parties is ITSO’s most important meeting and it is attended by ministers, ambassadors, and other prominent government officials from ITSO’s 149 member states.

These delegates will come together to make decisions about the organization’s future actions, dealing with issues such as ITSO’s financial matters, policy goals, and long term objectives. This Assembly of Parties is especially important because, in addition to the usual matters of interest, it will elect the new Director General of ITSO.  This is also the first time that this event will be held at AUWCL.

The Assembly will be chaired by H.E. Minister Nikolay Nikiforov from the Party of Russia, and includes the participation of deputy chair Ida Gaye-Warburton from the Party of Jamaica. Elections for the position of Director General will take place on Thursday, October 13, with candidates from the Party of France, Spain, and Uganda.

UPDATE: Patrick Masambu of Uganda was chosen as Director General Elect and will assume the post in July 2017.

ITSO’s executive organ is comprised of the Director General, Jose Toscano, the Director of Technical Affairs, Patrick Masambu, and the Director of Legal Affairs, Renata Brazil David. The partnership between AUWCL and ITSO has led to the creation of the Program on International Communications Regulation and Policy, which is headed by AUWCL alumna Renata Brazil David. The Program currently has three courses: a Spring semester course on International Communications Regulation and policy, an online course titled Basic Principles of International Communications Regulation and Policy, and a Summer course titled International Communications Law: A Comparative Perspective. ITSO which offers internships for current law students.

During the Opening Ceremony of the Assembly of Parties, Associate Dean Anthony Varona, who is also a member of the Program’s Advisory Board, will welcome all delegates to the law school and Mr. François Rancy, the Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, will open the meeting. AUWCL students are working with the ITSO to provide support during the meeting.


The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) is an intergovernmental organization based in Washington, DC, with 149 member nations. ITSO’s role is to ensure that Intelsat, S.A. provides public telecommunications services, including voice, data and video, on a global and non-discriminatory basis. Previously known as “INTELSAT”, the organization was established in 1973 and restructured in 2001, resulting in the creation of a private entity, Intelsat, Ltd (Now called Intelsat S.A.). For more information, visit