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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...

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...

The IASL at the International Conference on Air Law - Montreal, March 26-April 4, 2014

This month, the Institute enjoyed observer status at the International Conference on Air Law to amend the Tokyo Convention at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.

The Institute's students and graduates served on many national delegations, including Argentina, Canada, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the International Air Transport Association.

Back from the Manfred Lachs Moot!

On March 28-29, Paul Dawson, Philippine Dumoulin, Brian Green, and their coach, Andrea DiPaolo, represented the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC.

The fourteen participating teams were divided into two divisions for the competition. Each team was given the opportunity to argue twice in the preliminary rounds on the 28th, once as respondent and once as applicant. These scores were averaged and added to each team’s written memorial scores. Based on these composite scores, the McGill team ranked first, both in their division and across the competition.

On the 29th, the eight qualifying teams progressed to the tournament-style rounds, beginning with the quarterfinal, where McGill faced Michigan. McGill progressed to face Georgetown in the semifinals, and successfully moved to the final argument against Florida State. Florida State won the final argument and will progress to the international competition in Toronto this fall, while McGill won the Second Place award. Heartiest congratulations to the team for their outstanding performance!

Sixth Annual McGill/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance

April 10-11, 2014 – The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, UK

This event will brings together world-leading aviation liability and insurance experts to address the following topics:

  • Recent Developments  in Aviation Liability and Insurance
  • Comparative Jurisprudence on the Montreal Convention of 1999 
  • Air Carrier Liability under Antitrust and Competition Laws
  • Criminal Liability and Accident Investigations
  • Consumer Protection Regulation
  • Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens Dismissals of Jurisdiction

Join us! Download the Program [.docx] and Registration [.docx]

See also: peopil.com/conference_and_calendar.php

May 7-9, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
McGill Workshop on Emerging Issues in Space Law, and 33rd ALAANZ Annual Air Law Conference

The 2014 ALAANZ Conference will be held with the support of McGill's Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University. Current plans are that the Director of the Institute, Dr Paul Dempsey and other staff from the Institute will be speakers at the conference and McGill University will be also conducting a Space Law Workshop on Wednesday 7 May 2014 in Melbourne.

Download the IASL workshop program [.pdf] (updated March 24, 2014) and the registration form for the IASL workshop [.doc].

Please visit the www.alaanz.org  to see ALAANZ program and to register to that conference too.

May 29-31, 2014- Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal

This annual conference covers comprehensive deliberations on all aspects of the space regime.

Please see our Lachs Conference section to see the program and to register!

Inaugural IBA Air Finance Opportunities Conference
11-13 June 2014, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal, Canada

The Institute is proud to support the Air Finance Oportunities Conference. The first of its kind, this event is a must attend for all lawyers within the aviation industry, banking lawyers involved in aviation financing, risk advisors, lenders and aviation finance executives and will cover all of the latest developments and hot topics in aircraft financing today, including:

  • The state of the aircraft finance industry
  • Regional challenges - aircraft financing in diverse markets
  • Aircraft financing tools
  • Risk management in aircraft financing
  • The Cape Town convention
  • Enforcement of rights and security interests

In addition to the substantive programme [.pdf], the conference will also deliver unparalleled opportunities to network with international peers during the event social programme, opening with a reception at the InterContinental Hotel. 

Delegates are also invited to attend a conference dinner taking place at the University Club Montreal, a venue established in 1906 by the academic elite of Montreal and housed in a beautiful historic building, and a fantastic setting to discuss the day's events in more depth.


Alternatively, please complete the registration form contained within the conference programme and return it, along with payment, to Philippa Burke at International Bar Association, 4th Floor, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD; Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 0090; Email: philippa [dot] burke [at] int-bar [dot] org.

For details of how to become a sponsor for this event, simply email sponsorship [at] int-bar [dot] org or click here to be taken through to the sponsorship package brochure.

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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