Lucien RAPP

Director of IDETCOM. Université Toulouse Capitole

Professor Rapp lectures at the Law School of the University of Toulouse where he has been holding a tenure position for 1988 and teaches international business law and competition law. He is also lecturing at HEC Paris, as an affiliate professor to the Tax and Corporate Department.

He acts currently both as the Director of IDETCOM, a pluri-disciplinary research center to the University Toulouse-Capitole and as the scientific director of SIRIUS (Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites,, an academic chair created in 2013 and sponsored by CNES, Airbus Defense and Space (ADS) and Thales Alenia Space (TAS).

Professor Rapp authored or co-authored – to date – 11 books on international and finance law issues and a hundred scientific communications, mostly on various legal aspects of TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology). His last book is devoted on Public Procurement and Corporate Finance (LexisNexis, 2019)

As an international expert of legal issues relating to TMT matters (more particularly in the field of space activities), he served as

  • a member of the High Level Expert Group, in charge of amending the French legislation to the opening to competition on 1 January 1998 of the French telecommunications market activities (interconnection charges, universal service funding, regulation of the local network);
  • a Director of the Summer Research Centre of the Academy of International Law in The Hague on Global Telecommunications;
  • a member of the High Level Expert Group convened by the EU Commission on the Galileo project;
  • a Chairman of the Working Group on Space Telecommunications, set up by the Ministry in charge of Space for the development of a French space law;
  • a member of the working group “Space Law” created under the auspices of the French Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) to draft the Law on Space Operations (Act No. 2008-518 of 3 June 2008).

Lucien Rapp has being acting as an expert-consultant to several international organizations, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Lucien Rapp was awarded the Academic Palms (Officer, 2009) and is a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur (since 2011).