Professor Paul Stephen Dempsey has published his latest book,
Public International Air Law. This treatise addresses
the major legal and policy issues confronting the relations between
States in international aviation today.
From its inception, aviation has been international in scope:
the first flight across the English Channel occurred in 1908,
already a century ago.
Two years after that historic flight, international law followed
with a conference to draft a treaty was convened, culminating in
the Paris Convention of 1919 – the first public international air
law convention. The Chicago Convention of 1944 later superseded it,
and gave birth to the International Civil Aviation Organization,
headquartered in Montreal.
Air law has continued to grow, along with the aviation industry.
Today, air transport is governed by an elaborate and wide-ranging
collection of international conventions, treaties, and agreements,
as well as a highly developed body of domestic laws having some
Public International Air Law is a book that will
prove useful not only to the students of law, but also to
practicing lawyers, government officials and policymakers,
airlines, insurers and the public. It is published by the Institute
of Air and Space Law and its research centre.
About Professor Paul Stephen Dempsey
Paul Stephen Dempsey is Tomlinson Professor of Global
Governance in Air and Space Law and Director of the Institute of
Air and Space Law at McGill University. He has written over 50
scholarly articles, scores of newspaper and news magazine
editorials, and several books.
About the Institute of Air and Space Law
The Institute of Air and Space Law has been teaching
Public International Air Law continuously since 1951, keeping pace
with its evolution. Professor Dempsey’s work is a compilation of
those efforts, addressing the major legal and policy issues
confronting the relations between States in international
With a rich history of education, public service and
scholarship, the Institute has hundreds of loyal graduates who
today serve in some of the highest legal positions in the bar, the
industry, and governmental institutions in some 120 nations around