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Airport Law for Managers

The issues airport managers have to confront in their day to day activities are becoming increasingly complex, given the demands on airports to provide services that respond to unexpected events and circumstances.  Some examples are the snowstorms of 2010 and the closure of airspace due to natural disasters. This course will provide airport managers with a sound knowledge of executive liability that is grounded on the principles of civil and criminal law as well as the legal and regulatory regime pertaining to aerodromes.

Date: October 1, 2, 3, 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: Regular - USD $1,400; ACI member / McGill Alumni – USD $ 950

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This course will enable discussion and engagement on current principles and legal problems that pertain to the legal status of the airport and its functions; general principles of corporate liability; corporate management and law; threat assessment and risk management; negligence; liability under contract law (with focus on contracts entered into by the airport); and legal and regulatory issues relating to aerodromes.  

Who Should Attend

Airport and airline managers; executives of regulatory bodies.


At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify principles of executive liability and laws that apply to crime; contracts and torts; principles and practices of mitigation pertaining to insurance and risk management. Participants will also gain a thorough grounding on laws and regulations that relate to aerodromes.

Topics Covered

  • Negligent entrustment
  • White collar crime
  • Negligent misstatements and false information
  • Vicarious liability
  • Insurance and remoteness of damage
  • Certification of aerodromes
  • Functions of aerodromes
  • Airport planning laws
  • Airport safety and security
  • Airport financing


Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne has worked in the field of aviation law and management for thirty years.

He recently retired as Senior Legal Officer at the International Civil Aviation

Organization (ICAO), where he headed the Treaty Office and advised States on their registration and depository obligations with regard to international treaties and their adherence. Prior to joining ICAO, he worked as Chief Coordinator and Head of International Relations and Insurance at

Airlanka. Dr. Abeyratne has written 24 books and more than 400 papers on work in aerospace law and economics, as well as air transport economics and aviation and climate change. Dr. Abeyratne teaches Aviation Law and Policy course in the Integrated Aviation Management Diploma program at McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Cancellation Policy

For Cancellation Policy please refer to the registration form.

Contact Information

For course content and venue inquiries :

School of Continuing Studies
Career and Professional Development
Phone : +1-514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

For registration and payment inquiries:
Airport Council International
Global Training
Phone : +1 514 373 1200
E-mail : training [at] aci [dot] aero