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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...

New Publications from the CRASL!

The Centre for Research in Air and Space Law is pleased to announce the publication of Global Space Governance, in its Monograph series, and of Unravelling Open Skies, which inaugurates the new Occasional Paper Series.

We invite you to take a look at the latest publications, which deal with the very topical matter of the governance of outer space activities and the debate and controversies surrounding alleged state-subsidies provided to Middle East carriers, and the access of low-cost carrier Norwegian International to the United States.

Ram Jakhu to head IASL for a year

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Ram Jakhu has been appointed Director of the Research Center and the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), for a one-year term that will begin on June 1, 2016, when the outgoing director, Professor Paul S. Dempsey, will be stepping down.

“Our colleagues Paul Dempsey and Ram Jakhu have carried the IASL to new heights, in a competitive environment in which we have seen other Air and Space Law centers and institutes emerge elsewhere in Europe and America. Through their hard work, the IASL now works closely with international organizations, including the United Nations, on a broad range of public policy, research and educational initiatives addressing the regulatory regime of aviation, and an optimal governance regime for outer space,” said Dean Daniel Jutras. “And we know how vibrant and loyal the IASL alumni community is, increasing the Institute’s visibility around the world.”

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Save the dates

May 10, 2016: Summit on Legal Developments in the Airline Industry

Shanghai, China

Organized by McGill University and the East China University of Political Science & Law.

20 May, 2016: Ninth Annual Conference on International Aviation Law and Insurance

Edinburgh, Scotland

Download the preliminary program [.docx]. Organized by McGill University and PEOPIL.

July 4-8, 2016: Workshop on Aviation Law for Regulators


Organized by McGill University and the Singapore Aviation Academy, this 4-day workshop provides a comprehensive and in-depth coverage on contemporary issues on aviation law for airport regulators and examine how the knowledge can be applied to protect the interests of the various airport stakeholders.  

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand contemporary issues in aviation;
  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework;
  • Examine the common and new challenges faced by regulators of airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, air navigation service providers(ANSPs), and airlines;
  • Apply legal knowledge in decision making and protect the public interest of the relevant stakeholders.

The workshop will be taught by Professor Paul Dempsey, Professor Ludwig Webber, and Ms Kate Markhvida.

Download the Aviation Law Workshop description and program [.pdf]

Download the PDF registration file from saa.caas.gov.sg

Congratulations, Md Tanveer Ahmad!

The IASL is pleased to announce that Md Tanveer Ahmad, LLM'10, successfully defended his doctoral thesis on January 21, 2016.

His thesis, which was written under the supervision of Professor Paul Dempsey, is titled “Toward governing emissions from aviation that contribute to climate change and global warming.” Bravo to our newest DCL!

Great news! Our books can now be purchased online!

We are pleased to announce that publications of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, including the latest volumes of the Annals of Air and Space Law, are now available for purchase online. In cooperation with the McGill Bookstore, these publications can be purchased and delivered to you promptly all with a few clicks of the button. 

Older volumes of the Annals will gradually also be made available for purchase online. Over the coming period, the website will also feature a searchable index for users to find and access individual articles based on the topic and/or name of the author. These developments will prove to be of great convenience to readers and researchers, so we hope you will make the most use of these new features.

To purchase our publications, visit our McGill Bookstore page.

Annals of Air and Space Law

Volume XXXIX (2014) has been published!

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

The deadline to submit an article for Volume XXXX (2015) of the Annals is 31 March 2015.

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!