Portrait of


  • Ghent University, M.A. national and international public law (2010) magna cum laude
  • Université Paris-Sud XI, M2 droit des activités spatiales et des télécommunications (2011)


  • Brussels


  • Dutch (Native)
  • English
  • French (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Beginner)
  • German (Beginner)
Sarah Moens, Associate Brussels
Phone: +
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000

Sarah Moens is an associate in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring. She focuses on space law, drones law (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), telecommunications law, and administrative law. Sarah also advises clients on various pharmaceutical regulatory issues and assists clients in pharmaceutical litigation.

Sarah is a speaker at international conferences and gives guest lectures at universities in Belgium and abroad about space law and drones. She published several articles on pharmaceutical law, space law, and drones.

Sarah obtained her law degree, magna cum laude, at Ghent University. She focused on space law and telecommunications law (Droit des Activités Spatiales et des Télécommunications) at Université Paris-Sud XI.

While at Ghent University, Sarah participated in moot court competitions such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. (2009). She was a researcher for the London Institute of Space Policy and Law and for the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2011. In the same year, she was an intern at ESA's legal department in Paris.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 2014, Sarah was an associate at an American law firm and an international business law firm in the Benelux, where she advised clients on administrative law and space law.

Sarah is currently completing a Ph.D. at Ghent University in space law.


Admitted to practice: Brussels

Other Memberships

  • Board Member, European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
  • Member, International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
  • National point of contact of Belgium for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) (2011-2015)
  • Member, Women in Aerospace (WIA)
  • Member, European Aviation Club (EAC)
  • President and Co-Founder, beSPACE
  • Member, Belgische Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Remote Sensing and the Use of Earth Data by Lawyers," 2015 Edition of the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy, Caen, Normandy, France (August 31-September 11, 2015). Presenter: Sarah Moens.
  • "Space tourism," University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (May 17, 2015). Presenter: Sarah Moens.
  • "Regulatory framework of the envisaged activities of Bigelow on the moon," Studio Brussel, Belgian Radio Station (February 6, 2015). Speaker: Sarah Moens.
  • "The regulation of suborbital flights," International Astronautical Congress 2014, Toronto (September 27, 2014). Presenter: Sarah Moens.
  • "The use of data from earth observation satellites in criminal proceedings: case study illegal oil pollution at sea," International Astronautical Congress 2012, Naples (2012). Presenter: Sarah Moens.


  • "Hof van Justitie geeft generieke geneesmiddelen stiefmoederlijke behandeling," De Juristenkrant, Mechelen, Wolters Kluwer België (May 2016). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Nieuw drones-kb: een vliegende start?" De Juristenkrant, Mechelen, Wolters Kluwer België (May 2016). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Naar een juridisch kader voor drones in België (opinion)," Datanews (Knack) (February 5, 2016). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Vers un cadre juridique pour les drones en Belgique (opinion)," Datanews (Le Vif/L'Express) (February 5, 2016). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Blijven de generieke varianten van weesgeneesmiddelen verweesd achter?" T.Gez./Rev.dr.santé 2015-16, afl. 3 (February 2016). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Considérations relatives au rapport KCE sur l'usage « off-label » de médicaments," Le Journal du Médecin 2423, 38 (October 16, 2015). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Bedenkingen bij de KCE-studie over het off-label gebruik geneesmiddelen," De Artsenkrant (October 9, 2015). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Ontwerp-kb in vogelvlucht," De Juristenkrant, Mechelen, Wolters Kluwer België, 7 (September 2015). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "De maan blijft (voorlopig) van iedereen," De Morgen (February 5, 2015). Interviewee: Sarah Moens.
  • "Een hotel op de maan," De Juristenkrant, Mechelen, Wolters Kluwer België, 16 (Winter 2015). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "The Use of Data from Earth Observation Satellites in Criminal Proceedings: Case Study of Illegal Oil Discharges at Sea," Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2012, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 451-462 (2013). Author: Sarah Moens.
  • "Evidence from Space: Use of satellite earth observation information and evidence in judicial and administrative proceedings," London Institute of Space Policy and Law, London, 380 (2012). Co-Author: Sarah Moens.

Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "This Month in International Trade - November 2015," International Trade Bulletin (December 3, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Ian A. Laird, Robin B. Campbell, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Frederik Van Remoortel, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl, James (J.J.) Saulino, Sarah Moens, Mariana Pendás

In the News

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