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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...

International Conference on New Challenges in Space Law

August 28-29, 2015 - Athens, Greece

Organised by the Department of International & European Studies, Faculty of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece & The Institute of Air and Space Law and Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, this conference's main topics are: Rationale and scope of the space treaties • Challenges to the rescue agreement and the liability convention • Challenges to the registration convention • Challenges to the space treaties resulting from new activities • The space treaties and environmental issues • Space exploration and exploitation # 1: the moon and the other celestial bodies • Space exploration and exploitation # 2: the interaction with other legal regimes • Where and how should international space law be made.

Find out more about the program, the fees, the speakers and more by visiting the Conference's website.

Participants in the 11th Space Security Index Workshop convened by the Institute of Air and Space Law, on 1-2 May 2015.

8th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability and Insurance

Taking place April 17-18, 2015, this event gathered some of the world’s leading aviation liability experts to discuss recent developments in the field.

Conference program with downloadable presentations.

This event was accredited by the Barreau du Québec for 12.25 hours of continuing legal education for jurists (No. certification: 10099620).

News from the Manfred Lachs Space Moot

Pictured are the proud team members Matthew King, John Goehring, Kerianne Wilson with their coach Maria Manoli (first from left). Their second coach, Dr. Jinyuan Su was absen,t but just as proud of the final result. The North American regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition was held in Washington D.C. on March 20 and 21, 2015, and 12 teams from around the Americas competed at a very high level. The McGill team won Best Brief, and made it to the Quarter Finals of the oral rounds where they were beaten by a small margin by the University of Mississippi, who went on to win the regional rounds. After months of hard work, the team members have become experts on questions of State responsibility for intercepting near-earth objects or for damage caused to commercial space assets, and issues surrounding the mining of asteroids, all of which are at the cutting edge of space law today. Heartfelt congratulations.

3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference: NewSpace Commercialization and the Law

March 16-17, 2015, ICAO Headquarters

The 3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference was organized by the Institute of Air and Space Law and Centre for Research in Air and Space Law. This year, the conference's theme was "NewSpace Commercialization and the Law." The event took place at ICAO's Headquarters, in Montreal, Canada.

Visit the Conference section on our site to see the program, download the presentations, and read more about the background of this event.

Five IASL students represent their countries at the Model ICAO council session

ICAO celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Chicago Convention last December and as part of this celebration, ICAO hosted an invitation-only Model ICAO Council Session for university-level students on the morning of December 5, 2014.

Each Sitting Council State had to select an Next Generation Aviation Professional (NGAP) from their country for the Council Session. Each selected NGAP Representative had to draft a Model Council  working paper in English focussing on NGAP issues. Thereafter, the NGAP Representatives had to participate in a simulated Council Session to discuss NGAP-related issues.

Five students from the IASL represented their respective countries at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization:

Dayan Hochman - The United States of America (on right)

Juliana Macedo Scavuzzi – Brazil

Mathieu Vaugeois – The United Kingdom

Prithviraj Sharma – India

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty – Nigeria

The students gained a lot from this experience of international diplomacy and consensus building at ICAO. The lessons they learnt at the IASL in their Public International Air Law classes i.e., the complexity of international decision making and the need to reach consensus were reconfirmed.

Law Forum in Celebrating 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention and 100th anniversary of World Commercial Aviation - Shanghai International Aviation Court of Arbitration, December 18-19, 2014

More than 70 experts, scholars, aviation enterprise delegations and representatives of institutions in foreign and domestic aviation industry attended the forum. Professor Paul S. Dempsey, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University, was among the invited keynote speakers, and he made a speech on “Challenges of International Aviation in the 21st Century.”

The Forum was jointly hosted by Northwest University of Politics and Law (Xi'an, China) and McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law, Canada.

Blumenkron succeeds Keenan

John T. Keenan, BCL'67, LLM'69, outgoing President of the Institute of Air and Space Association, passed on the torch to Jimena Blumenkron, LLM'09, (on left) at the IASLA Holiday Cocktail on December 3, 2014. Ms Blumenkron has now taken on the role and duties of President of the IASLA. The Institute is grateful to them for their unfailing support and loyalty!

Photo credit: Ari Munisami.

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.

October 27-31, 2014 - Strategic Space Law Program

We had many participants to our first Strategic Space Law Program, which was an intensive, interdisciplinary, interactive week-long workshop. Thank you all!

The aim of the program was to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context. 

Great day for the annual graduate students photo

This year, we gathered on the steps of the Gelber Law Library for the annual graduate students and profs photograph.

The IASL visits the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto

The 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, the world's premier space event, took place this year in Toronto, from September 29 to October 3, 2014. The Institute had a booth there and we were delighted to have many visitors, alumni and friends drop in on us!

L to R: Mario Seretis (doctoral candidate, IASL, McGill); Murat Yasar Bayrak (Director General, Dept of External Relations and Legal Affairs, APSCO, Turkey); Prof. Haifeng Zhao (Harbin Institute of Technology, China); Madam Justice Xue Hanqin (Int'l Court of Justice); and Hodjat Khadjavi (LLM, IASL, McGill).

Biennial meeting of European Alumni in Switzerland - 25-27 September 2014

Three of our Swiss Alumni – Philip Chrystal, Laurent Chassot and Julien Subilia – arranged a wonderful meeting in Switzerland. The program included, as usual, both aviation related visits and recreational activities. Participants shared their time between the shores of Lake Geneva, enjoying its beautiful sights and vineyards, and the Aeropole of Payerne, originally an air force base which is now opening up to civil aviation and various aerospace activities. There were workshops, visits of Payerne outfits, walking tours, and even some vineyard visits.

Professor Ram Jakhu on WSJ

India's Mangalyaan satellite reached Mars orbit on September 24, 2014, becoming the first Asian country to reach the red planet. Professor Ram Jakhu from the Institute of Air and Space Law was invited by The Wall Street Journal to comment on this achievement!

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!