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Institute of Air and Space Law

McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law has a rich history of education, public service and scholarship. Its loyal graduates today serve in some of the highest legal positions in the bar, the industry, and governmental institutions in some 120 nations around the world. Read more...


On September 18-19, 2014, the American Bar Association's Forum on Air and Space Law will hold its 2014 Annual Conference at the Westin Hotel in Old Montreal.

This year's Conference will feature a series of panels that will provide valuable overviews and updates concerning matters of critical importance to the aviation and aerospace industries. The panel topics will include consumer rights, labor law issues, divergent interpretations of the Warsaw/Montreal Conventions, international aviation traffic rights, space law developments, and global competition law issues.

We will also present a general counsel panel, something attendees at past conferences have told us they found of special interest. Each panel will consist of leading authorities and industry experts, including preeminent aviation and aerospace lawyers, senior airline executives, and key government decision makers.

See the program, along with registration and hotel information [.pdf]

You can also register online at the American Bar website.


Space Security Index 11th annual workshop

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In May 2014, the Space Security Index (SSI) project partners hosted the eleventh annual Space Security Working Group workshop in Montreal. The SSI is a joint research project of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, Project Ploughshares and The Simons Foundation, in cooperation with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. The objective to support transparency and dialogue on space security challenges and potential cooperative responses by providing an annual assessment of space security based on a comprehensive review of international developments that may have an impact on the security and sustainability of outer space. This annual assessment is developed through primary research in consultation with space security experts. See the Program [.pdf]


Congratulations to John Augustin on his new appointment at ICAO

John Augustin and Paul Dempsey

On 14 March 2014, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced that Mr. John Augustin (seen on left with Prof. Paul Dempsey above), a graduate of the Institute of Air and Space Law (class of 1991-92) and a native of Saint Lucia, has been appointed to the post of Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau (D/LEB). Read the story...


Happy 100th birthday, Professor Matte!

Nicolas MatteDr. Nicolas Mateesco Matte celebrated his 100th birthday this December. A reception was held to celebrate this extraordinary milestone at the home of John Keenan, president of the Institute of Air and Space Law Alumni Association.

At the crowded reception, Dr. Matte was presented not only with a specially dedicated edition of the journal he founded in 1976, but also a wonderful cake celebrating his achievements. See more...


Newest edition of the Annals of Air and Space Law now available

Volume XXXVIII (2013) has been published!

Download our Annals Order Form 2014 [.docx] to order copies, or consult the complete Annals of Air & Space Law - Comprehensive Index (1982-2009) [.pdf]

The deadline for Volume XXXIV (2014) of the Annals is April 30, 2014.


Celebrating 60 years at the IASL

The Institute of Air and Space Law looks back on a rich history of over 60 years of education, public service and scholarship. Over 900 of its loyal graduates today serve in some of the highest legal positions; at the bar, in the industry; and for governmental and international agencies in some 120 nations around the world. Come and join us at the IASL!

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