About the Institute of Air and Space Law

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Since 1951, the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of McGill University has been fully devoted to the highest level of education, public service and scholarship in the field of air and space law. Over a thousand of its graduates serve/have served in some of the highest positions in the legal profession, in industry, in academic and governmental institutions in some 120 nations around the world.

The city of Montreal, Canada, is the natural and most appropriate venue to foster pursuits and excel in this highly specialised field of study and research. Montreal plays host to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airports Council International (ACI), and is home to several aerospace manufacturers (including Bombardier, the third largest in the world) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The rich human resources, wide range of professional opportunities and wealth of research venues available give added value to the quality teaching and training that take place in the classrooms of the IASL. In recognition of the Institute’s ground-breaking achievements in air law education and research, the IASL is the only institution to have been awarded the highly prestigious Edward Warner Award by the United Nations’ specialised agency ICAO.

The IASL’s educational programme is unique in the world as it covers both the breadth and depth of air and space law governing the ever expanding range of aviation and space activities at both national and international levels. With a neutral and interdisciplinary approach, we encourage students to actively engage in international and national, public and private, legal and regulatory issues and challenges related to the conduct of aviation and space operations. The IASL’s courses are taught by some of the world’s most accomplished experts mostly holding doctoral degrees in law and having extensive practical experience. We endeavour to accord our students the largest number of entrance scholarships and the highest quality educational experience in air and space law available to the profession anywhere in the world.    

Together, and building upon the solid foundation laid by my predecessors, we can realise the Institute's full potential as the world's leading educational institution and research hub in air and space law. If you aspire to be a globally recognised and specialised aviation and space legal expert, we want you to think of McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law as the launch pad for your exciting and highly rewarding professional career.

For more information about the Institute, its history, accomplishments and how to apply, please find the brochure 65 Years of Excellence in Air and Space Law here.