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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...

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.

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, 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!


Register for our intensive, one-week Strategic Law Program!

An intensive, interdisciplinary and interactive program designed for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organizations, law firms, consulting firms and industry interested in studying space law from a strategic perspective.

Download our brochure [.docx] for the full program and registration information.

The McGill University Institute of, and Centre for Research in, Air and Space Law, in partnership with the University of Adelaide Law School, is pleased to present the first ever Strategic Space Law Program. The aim of the program is 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. The Montreal program will be run as a one-week intensive, interdisciplinary, interactive workshop (non-assessable) at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University in October 2014.

Thereafter, the program will be repeated in the form of a graduate course (assessable for academic credit) at the University of Adelaide Law School during the first semester of 2015. On both occasions, the substantive content of the program will be the same and will be delivered by world-class academics, legal and policy advisors and subject-matter experts drawn from government, civil society (including academia) and commerce.


  • 23 core lectures from experts on the principles and concepts involved in the various disciplines that touch on Strategic Space Law.
  • Hands-on workshops and practical exercises linked to lectures, on topics such as space traffic management, military use of spectrum, space debris and simulated legal, policy and commercial problem-solving and debate.
  • Social and other networking activities.
  • Professional visits to relevant sites (may include the Canadian Space Agency and Woomera launch site in South Australia).

Deadline to apply: 15 September 2014. 

American Bar Association's Forum on Air and Space Law annual meeting in Montreal

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

This year's Conference featured 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  included consumer rights, labor law issues, divergent interpretations of the Warsaw/Montreal Conventions, international aviation traffic rights, space law developments, and global competition law issues.

Each panel consisted 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]

We were also delighted to see so many of our IASL graduates and current students at the meeting (photo above)!

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 Matte
Dr. 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!