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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...

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

March 16-17, 2015, ICAO Headquarters

The 3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference is organized by the Institute of Air and Space Law and Centre for Research in Air and Space Law. This year, the conference's theme is "NewSpace Commercialization and the Law." The event will take place at ICAO's Headquarters, 999 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Registration is open! Visit the Conference section on our site to see the program, find out the fees and how to register, and read more about the background of this event.

 See the call for papers for more information on the theme.

8th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability and Insurance

April 17-18, 2015, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel

This event will brings together some of the world’s leading aviation liability experts to address the following topics:

  • Recent Developments in Aviation Liability and Insurance
  • Liability of Airlines, Lessors and Manufacturers of Aircraft, Engines & Component Parts
  • Air Carrier Liability & Alliance Immunity under the Antitrust and Competition Law s
  • Criminal Liability and Accident Investigations
  • Consumer Protection Regulation & Litigation
  • Forum Non Conveniens Dismissals of Jurisdiction
  • Unruly Passengers and Liability for Acts of Unlawful Interference
  • Accident Investigations, Annex 13 & Criminalization of International Aviation
  • Moot Insurance Settlement Negotiations: Malaysian Airlines 370 & Malaysian Airlines 17

In addition, the conference will host luncheons and receptions to facilitate networking between attorneys, insurers, air carriers, manufacturers and governmental representatives.

Information on the conference program and speakers is forthcoming. Registration is open (via the McGill online Bookstore)

Booking your room at the Hilton Bonaventure

We invite attendees to take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved at the Hilton Bonaventure, with special group rates starting at CAN $179. The reservation deadline is noon, March 16, 2015, after which, availability of rooms cannot be garanteed. To receive the preferred rates, telephone and fax requests must identify their affiliation with our group - please refer to the “8th ANNUAL McGILL IASL International Aviation Liability & Insurance Conference” when making reservations.

To make your hotel reservations online, please visit at http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/Y/YULBHHF-IASLI-20150416/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or call toll free number 1-800-267-2575 or locally at 514-878-2332.  Hotel fax line: 514-878-3881.

We are pleased to confirm the [Note: applicable taxes are extra; but, non-residents of Canada are eligible for a government refund on guestroom taxes]:

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!