30 May 2016: Professor Paul Dempsey retires
After 14 years as the Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law and the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, Professor Paul Dempsey took his retirement from McGill University. Close colleagues celebrated his retirement and expressed gratitude for the noticeably professional, collegial and fun spirit that was the hallmark of the directorship of Professor Dempsey. Over the past fourteen years, the Institute firmly cemented its place as the foremost place of learning and education in the field of air and space law, and the Centre has seen its publications, research and outreach activities proliferate and be highly recognised and sought after around the world.
In recognition of his achievements and contributions to the field of air and space law and continuig success of the Institute, Volume XL of the Annals of Air and Space Law is specially dedicated to Professor Dempsey. At the dinner, he was presented with a booklet containing many wellwishes and messages from alumni, students and colleagues around the world and photographs that capture the many memories and adventures from Professor Dempsey's time at the Institute. Though he is retiring, there does not seem to be any sign that Professor Dempsey is slowing down. He is and will always remain closely affiliated with the Institute
We wish Professor Dempsey every bit of success in his future endeavours and a happy retirement!
18 April 2016: Institute of Air and Space Law Association Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner of the Institute of Air and Space Law Association was held at the McGill Faculty Club on Monday April 18, 2016. The event was well attended by over sixty IASL alumni and this year's graduating class (2015-2016). This year’s event held special significance for two reasons. Our Institute is celebrating the 65th Anniversary of its founding in 1951. Moreover, Professor Dr. Paul Dempsey, will be retiring this year after over a decade as our Institute’s Director. To mark the this special occassion, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a proud graduate of our Institute, was the honoured guest speaker.
Professor Ram Jakhu, the future Director of the Institute, toasting Professor Paul Dempsey, who will be leaving the Institute in May after 12 years as its Director. Professor Jakhu reminded the people in attendance of the great achievements and accomplishments under Professor Dempsey's tenure.
The IASL graduating class of 2015-2016 made a special McGill hoodie to give to Professor Dempsey as a gift. The hoodie was presented by class President Julius Dunton.
Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a graduate of our Institute (class of 2008-2009) was the Guest Speaker. He noted the IASL's importance and special ties with ICAO. The Institute's "highly significant contributions to the development of international air law" was recognised by ICAO with the presentation of the Edward Warner Award to the IASL in 1996, making the Institute the first institute to ever receive such a decorated award.
Professor Dempsey and the IASL's Edward Warner Award, which was symbolised passed onto Professor Jakhu at the event.
Despite the festive spirit, the Professor Ludwig Weber took some time to remind us of the contributions of Dr. Nicolas Mateesco Matte, who passed away earlier in the week. Dr. Matte founded the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law and the Annals of Air and Space Law , which this year are both celebrating their fortieth anniversary.
Students, like Ermanno Napolitano from Italy, were keen to receive Professor Dempsey's autograph.
The IASL class of 2015-2016.
From left to right: Professor Ludwig Weber, Professor Paul Dempsey, Ms. Martine DeSerres, Ms. Iryna Volodymyrova (Ukraine), Mr. Eng Teong See (Malaysia), Mr. Eytan Tepper (Israel), Ms. Ritzkia Amelia Putri (Indonesia), Mr. Ted Newsome (US), Ms. Fanny Magalhaes Gonçalves (France), Mr. Ermanno Napolitano (Italy), Mr. Iseoluwa Christopher Akintunde (Nigeria), Ms. Maria Iannini (Colombia), Mr. Julius Dunton (Canada), Mr. Aram Daniel Kerkonian (Canada), Ms. Maria D'Amico, Mr. Bayar Goswami (India), Professor Ram Jakhu and Mr. Kuan-Wei Chen
...elsewhere in the world, in Brussels, Belgium, former IASL graduates Gerrit de Boer (class of 1968-1969), Adjunct-Professor Peter van Fenema and Mr. Kees Veenstra toasted to Professor Dempsey and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.
21 October 2015: nice day for a photo!
IASL graduate students, professors, and the Dean of Law stopped for a photo. Thank you to all who braved the brisk weather!
September 10-2, 2015 - McGill Centre for Research in Air and Space Law International Expert Roundtable
Given the increase in the number of nations and non-State actors becoming active in space, and the increased reliance militaries have on space technologies, concerns have grown in recent years that there may be a risk of conflict taking place in space.
There is an urgent need to clarify the rules of international law applicable, especially the prohibition on the use of force and international humanitarian law. Given that no specific international legal instrument exists that effectively deals with this, McGill gathered scholars, government and space operations experts from seven different countries, including Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, and members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
There was a clear consensus on the urgent need to develop a Manual on international law applicable to security activities in outer space, in order to reduce the risk of conflict and constrain State behaviour in the case of a conflict.
Such an international Manual might be developed, under the leadership of the CRASL, by scholars and international experts in their individual capacity, free from official State positions, in order to ensure international participation, neutrality and legal objectivity. State engagement would be a part of the process at a later stage; however, clarification on international law cannot be dependent upon the politics of any given moment.
Hosting this Expert Roundtable, and working towards an international Manual on international law applicable to security activities in outer space, are in line with the commitment the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law has to uphold the core principles of the outer space treaty: that all outer space activities must occur in accordance with international law (including the UN Charter), in the interests of international peace and security and for the benefit of all countries.
We look forward to the unfolding of this important project which will have global impact – and beyond.
International Conference on New Challenges in Space Law
August 28-29, 2015 - Athens, Greece
This conference's main topics were: 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.
Left to right: Dr. Tare Brisibe, Prof. Paul Dempsey, Prof. Ram Jakhu, Dr. George Kyriakopoulos, and Prof. Steven Freeland at the last session, which dealt with Considerations for de lege ferenda.
We thank all the participants for coming!
Happy Birthday, Gerrit de Boer!
IASL alum Gerrit de Boer, LLM 1970, recently celebrated his 75th birthday. While celebrating in Amsterdam with some friends, he had this fun photograph taken of his wife Hannie and himself dressed up as characters in Johannes Vermeer paintings.
Many happy returns, Gerrit!
Participants in the 11th Space Security Index Workshop convened by the Institute of Air and Space Law, on 1-2 May 2015.
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 absent, 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.
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.
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!
Inaugural IBA Air Finance Opportunities Conference
11-13 June 2014, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal, Canada
The Institute was proud to support the Air Finance Oportunities Conference. The first of its kind, this event was 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 also delivered opportunities to network with international peers during the event social programme, opening with a reception at the InterContinental Hotel. Delegates wre 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.
May 29-31, 2014- Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal
This second conference covered comprehensive deliberations on all aspects of the space regime.
Please see our Lachs Conference section to see the program and see the presentation papers!
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.
Please visit the www.alaanz.org to see ALAANZ program and to register to that conference too.
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.
Sixth Annual McGill/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance
April 10-11, 2014 – The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, UK
This event (Program [.docx]) brought 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
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!
25-26 October 2013 - Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
Fifth annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance
The Fifth annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance provided a review of contemporary laws, jurisprudence and developments in International Air Law and Liability Insurance from the perspective of airlines, airports, ANSPs, insurers, manufacturers and lessors.
This event gathered some of the world’s leading experts to address the following topics:
- Recent Developments in Aviation Liability and Insurance
- Unruly Passengers and Liability for Acts of Unlawful Interference
- Jurisdiction & Forum Non Conveniens
- Liability of Manufacturers and Lessors of Aircraft, Engines & Component Parts
- Comparative Interpretations of the Montreal Convention of 1999 and their Impact on Airlines, Manufacturers, Insurers & Claimants
Two simulations were also held:
- Moot Court Appellate Argument
- Insurance Negotiations
In addition, the conference held luncheons and receptions to facilitate networking between attorneys, insurers, air carriers, manufacturers and governmental representatives.
This event was accredited by the Barreau du Québec for 13.25 hours of continuing legal education for jurists. No. certification: 10068643.
The IASL 1966-67 class held a reunion in Montreal on June 12-16 and dropped in for a visit to the Institute. Top row (L to R): Lu Mays (USA), Ian Archer (Barbados), Francois de Curraize (France), Howard Cluver (USA), and Prof. Ram Jakhu (IASL); and Hans Martin (Germany). Seated: Mostafa Forootan (Iran), Maria D'Amico (IASL), Monique Regnoux-Culver (France), and Roman Karpishka (Canada and Class President).
It was lovely to see everyone!
Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation - 24-25 May 2013, Centre Mont-Royal
Thank you to all our participants and speakers. To access the papers, visit the conference page.
21-22 September 2013 - ICAO/McGill University Pre-Assembly Symposium - ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada
On Facilitating Air Transport-Passengers, Cargo, Technology and Profitability
ICAO and McGill University, Institute of Air & Space Law again cooperated for the Fourth ICAO/McGill University Pre-Assembly Symposium, from 21 to 22 September 2013, at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal. This Symposium addressed key issues identified by ICAO and McGill University in the air transport economics and navigation fields on operational, management and policy levels. The principal objective of the Symposium was to provide a preparatory forum for State delegates and stakeholders attending and/or interested in the issues proposed for the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly on 24 September 2013.
This event featured top-level speakers engaged in interactive panel discussions. With the newest technologies and profitability as important guideposts, the event focused on many questions including:
- How are air passengers and freight impacted by impediments to operational efficiency?
- What impact do taxes, fees and charges, regulation, security & facilitation have on air carriers and the public?
- How do we balance aviation security and facilitation?
- How do we enhance seamless connectivity between air transport and transport modes?
- How to secure the billion dollars needed to finance infrastructure and air navigation systems?
- How do we ensure that the inherent advantages of air transport (i.e., time) are not eroded by regulatory, technological, procedural and structural impediments to efficiency?
- How well does existing and future technology facilitate the flow of passengers, air freight and air traffic management?
- Cargo security, e-passports, e-visas and other documentation-- How well do they deal with emergent threats to security?
- What are the opportunities, efficiencies and challenges of passenger profiling?
- Do security, safety and consumer protection laws and regulations serve the public well?
- What are the tools, policies and best practices that will foster regulatory harmonization across boundaries?
- How can ICAO improve cooperation at a global level?
For more information: ICAOMcGill_Symposium [at] icao [dot] int
6th IAASS International Space Safety Conference: Safety Is Not An Option
21-23 May 2013, McGill Faculty of Law
Organized by the IASL and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the conference was an opportunity to reflect on a number of topics in space safety and sustainability, and to promote mutual understanding, trust, and the widest possible professional international cooperation in such matters.
Visit the IAASS conference website for the programme, registration information, and full details.
Space Security Index Working Group meeting in April 2013
The Space Security Index project partners were proud to host the 10th annual Space Security Working Group workshop at McGill University's Faculty of Law on April 12-13, 2013.
The Space Security Index is a joint research project of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, Secure World Foundation, Project Ploughshares and The Simons Foundation, in cooperation with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
The purpose of this Working Group meeting was to seek feedback on relevant developments in 2012 through a review of the draft research and a debate of their implications for the security of outer space, based on open discussion held under the Chatham House rule. The discussion will inform the development of the Space Security Index 2013 report, to be released in the summer of 2013.
See the SSWG 2013 Program [.pdf]
IASL class of 2012-2013
24-25 January 2013, in London, UK
Commercialisation of Space: Opportunities and Challenges
The Dhawan Chair in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and McGill's Institute of Air & Space Law held a two-day Conference at King’s College where several invited experts from different countries with developed space programmes and related commercial activities discussed the civil uses and commercialisation of space activities.
For more information
Friday, October 5, 2012 –
Emissions Trading & International Civil Aviation Symposium: Making the Links & Lessons Learned
Time: from 8:00 to 16:30
Place: Room 312, New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law, McGill University, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal (Quebec)
McGill’s Institute of Air & Space Law, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the International Emissions Trading Association and the German Embassy organized a one-day symposium on emissions trading developments and international aviation sector emissions issues.
Symposium participants heard from industry & academic experts about a range of increasingly inter-connected issues, implementation/legal challenges, and future policy pathways related to emissions trading developments and tackling international aviation sector emissions.
See the Emissions Trading & Aviation Symposium - Flyer & Program [.pdf] (updated 4 Oct 2012)
For backgrounder information on EU ETS and aviation, please review IETA’s 2012 briefing memo [.pdf].
Key questions that symposium speakers & panelists covered include:
- What is the state of Quebec's carbon market? How do various market participants perceive the design & operationalization of Quebec's carbon market?
- What are the prospects & timelines for Quebec's linkage to California's market...and beyond?
- What are projected supply-demand dynamics & price projections for Quebec's market?
- What is the state of play in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)? How is the EU planning to treat the aviation sector? What policy is guiding Canadian airlines?
- What role do registries play in carbon market operation & oversight? What lessons can be learned from the EU experience? Where might registries fit into aviation sector proposals?
- What role do exchanges play in market development & price discovery? What lessons can be learned from the EU experience? Where might exchanges fit into aviation sector proposals?
- What regional/international legal issues arise in tackling aviation sector emissions, and how might future scenarios play out in Canada and abroad?
- How does Quebec treat aviation under its cap-and-trade system? Is there any potential role for its tradable units in connection with aviation and the EU ETS?
APRIL 25-29, 2012
Workshop and International Conference on Law & Regulation of Air Transport & Law Of Space Applications
National Law University, New Delhi, India
Organised by the IASL, with the National Law University, New Delhi, India, and the International Foundation for Aviation, Aerospace & Development, (India Chapter), the event aimed to introduce the participants to the basic principles of air transportation, aviation law and regulation of space activities. It was designed for lawyers and law students with no prior knowledge in the discipline, as well as airline and airport managers and government officials.
For more information, see the Workshop & International Conference on Law & Regulation of Air Transport [.pdf].
APRIL 19-21, 2012
McGill University/PEOPIL CONFERENCE ON AVIATION LAW & INSURANCE
Held in London, UK, this conference brought together world-leading aviation liability and insurance experts who addressed the following topics:
- Recent developments in aviation liability and insurance
- Jurisdiction & forum non conveniens
- Comparative interpretations of the Montreal Convention of 1999 from Europe and the US
- Air carrier liability under the antitrust and competition laws
- Criminal liability and accident investigations
- Consumer protection regulation
- Forum non conveniens dismissals of jurisdiction and how the cases are handled in European Courts
See the programme: liability-conf-london-april2012.pdf
APRIL 16-17, 2012
Aviation Law Seminar for Judges of the Nigerian Federal High Court
Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
For more information on the program, download aviation-seminar-lagos-april2012.pdf
The 2012 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot team from McGill was in Washington, DC, March 2012, at the Georgetown University Law Center – L to R: Maxime Puteaux, Joyeeta Chatterjee and Christopher Paul Roberts.
June 2012 Stockholm meeting a great success!
It was wonderful to visit our grads in Stockholm this June for the 13th biennial meeting of the European Alumnae and Alumni. IASL Director Paul Dempsey joined the participants for the various workshops, along with visits to the Swedish Space Corporation, Bromma Airport and VASA Museum, and various functions and short trips. About 30 people attended. Many thanks to Stephan Eriksson, Urban Olson and Fredrik Brandel for organizing this meeting!
Update: some photos and videos of the meet-up have been uploaded to Facebook.
International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris Remediation – November 11-12, 2011
Congress participants examined technical means, legal and economic aspects, operational and organizational requirements for space debris remediation and on-orbit servicing of satellites.
We have received presentations from most speakers and posted them, along with a few photographs. Read further...
Echoes from the International Astronautical Congress and IISL/IAF Scientific and Legal Roundtable in October 2011
The Institute of Air and Space Law was well represented in the recent International Astronautical Congress (AIC) held in the first week of October in Cape Town, South Africa.
Professor Paul Stephen Dempsey and Professor Ram Jakhu, along with post-doctoral fellow Catherine Doldirina and DCL candidate Diane Howard, presented in various sessions of the Congress: not only in those of the Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space organized by the International Institute of Space Law, but also in the actual technical sessions of the Congress. Catherine Doldirina was invited to present in the IISL/IAF Scientific and Legal Roundtable (see picture below), which this year was devoted to the various issues of space debris remediation. The IAC 2011 Highlights can be accessed here.
L to R: Michael Brett, Chair Space Generation Advisory Council; Catherine Doldirina, Co-Chair SGAC; Ariane Cornell, Executive Director SGAC; Andrea Jaime, Deputy Executive Director, SGAC, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Catherine Doldirina also led, as the co-chair, another yearly event that precedes IAC – Space Generation Congress. This event offered 130 delegates from 45 countries around the world to opportunity to discuss pertinent space issues and share their ideas with each other and with such high-level professionals like NASA administrator Charles Bolden, the chairman of COPUOS Dimitru Prunariu, president of the IAF Berndt Feuerbacher and many other prominent space leaders. Some of the presentations made during SGC can be accessed from Space Generation's channel.
Professor Ram Jakhu was also honoured for his work by the International Academy of Astronautics during a gala.
Ivan A. Vlasic (1929-2011)
It gives us great sadness to announce that Professor Emeritus Ivan A. Vlasic, LLM'55, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. He was 84.
The McGill University Flag will be lowered, on April 27, in memory of Ivan A. Vlasic, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Air & Space Law.
We have received many moving tributes to Professor Vlasic: www.mcgill.ca/iasl/press/ivanvlasic.
International Galileo Governance and Liability Workshop - Bruxelles, May 27, 2011
On 27 May 2011, the Idelux Galaxia Business Park in Transinne hosted an international meeting concerning the Galileo European Programme for Global Navigation Services in the presence of 35 experts, on the topic: "International Governance and Liability of the Galileo programme". As a reminder, Galileo is a satellite navigation programme, the European counterpart of the American GPS system.
This workshop was organised by Eutralex Aerospace Consulting within the framework of the space application developments being encouraged on the Galaxia Business Park, with the support of McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law and Idelux.
2011 Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance
6-7 May 2011, at the Hilton Bonaventure, in Montreal
*** This conference is certified by the Barreau du Québec for 12.5 CLE hour credits. ***
This event, which marked the 60th Anniversary of McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law, brought together some of the world's leading aviation liability experts to address the following topics:
1. Recent developments in aviation liability and insurance
2. Recovery of non-economic damages
3. Unruly passengers and liability for acts of unlawful interference
4. Jurisdiction & Forum Non Conveniens
5. Liability of manufacturers of aircraft, engines & component parts
6. Comparative interpretations of the Montreal Convention of 1999 and their impact on airlines, manufacturers, insurers & claimants
7. Disputes between insurers and re-insurers.
8. Four moot simulations.
In addition, the conference hosted luncheons and a cocktail reception to facilitate networking between attorneys, insurers, air carriers, manufacturers and governmental representatives.
Download the complete Brochure, Programme & Registration: 2011 Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance [.pdf] (This document also contains hotel accommodation details).
8th Annual Space Security Index - Montréal, April 8 and 9, 2011
On April 8 and 9, 2011, the Institute of Air and Space Law, hosted the eighth annual Space Security Working Group meeting at the Faculty of Law. This was attended by over 30 experts from all over the world. The Space Security Index is a joint research project of the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, Project Ploughshares, Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The objective of the Space Security Index is to support transparency and dialogue on space security challenges and potential cooperative responses by providing an annual assessment of space security based on background information and in-depth analysis on key trends related to outer space. This annual assessment is developed through primary research in consultation with space security experts.
IASL Team wins 2011 Sarin Leiden International Air Law Moot Court Competition in Dubai
McGill IASL Team won 2011 Sarin-Leiden International Air Law Moot Court in Dubai - Left to right: H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli (Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority), Joseph Wheeler (Grad. Cert.), Mithun Pemmaiah (LL.M.) and Auguste Hocking (LL.M.)
Congratulations to the McGill Moot Court Team for winning first place in the 2011 Sarin Leiden International Air Law Moot Court Competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The extraordinary team consisted of the following Institute of Air & Space Law graduate students: Auguste Hocking (Australia), Joseph Wheeler (Australia) and Mithun Pemmaiah (India); our Doctoral candidate, Paul FitzGerald (Canada), coached the team. The McGill team also placed first in oral argument for both the Applicant's and Respondent's side of the competition. The problem addressed issues of aviation safety in light of a volcanic eruption, emissions charges, traffic rights, cabotage, and foreign ownership and control. The court was chaired by a Judge Gilbert Guillaume of the International Court of Justice.
Next year's competition will be in Istanbul.
Congratulations to the IASL Moot Team
McGill IASL Moot Team 2011. Left to right: Auguste Hocking (LL.M.), Joseph Wheeler (Grad. Cert.), Coach: Paul Fitzgerald (DCL) and Mithun Pemmaiah (LL.M.)
Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance: Current Issues and Controversies - Amsterdam, October 8 and 9, 2010
This event, sponsored by the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the McGill Institute of Air & Space, was held in Amsterdam October 8 and 9, 2010. It gathered some of the world's leading experts on aviation liability and insurance.
The IASL Class of 2010 gathered on the steps of 3474 Peel Street for the traditional annual group photograph with professors.
We enjoyed meeting with our European colleagues and graduates.
The IASL at the International Astronautical Congress - September 27 - October 1, 2010 in Prague
Graduate students and professors of the Institute participated in the most important space-related event of the year, which occurred September 27 - October 1, 2010 in Prague (Czech Republic).
Professor Ram Jakhu presented a paper at the Scientific-Legal Roundtable on small satellite missions. DCL candidate Diane Howard made a presentation of the paper on the legal issues related to the gathering of space solar power that she co-authored with Professor Jakhu.
DCL candidate Michael Mineiro gave an overview of his research, particularly the application of the public choice theory to the US commercial communication satellite export controls. DCL candidate Catherine Doldirina presented two papers: one on the influence of the European Union harmonised law on the development of the market for remote sensing data, and another on the scope of the international obligation to protect environment of outer space. Finally, LLM student Michael Dodge had a poster presentation on the implications of the GPS/ Galileo/ GNSS Agreement for peaceful international relations. A number of IASL alumni were also present.
Contributions to the sessions of the International Astronautical Congress are important for both research at the Institute, as well as for the outreach with regard to its programme and activities, as the event gathers all leading actors and specialists within the field of space activities in general and of space law in particular.
Air Transport: What Route to $ustainability? - September 26-27, 2010 at the Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal
Held Sep. 26-27, 2010 at the Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, this ICAO/McGill worldwide conference and exhibition preceded the the triennial meeting of the ICAO General Assembly. The conference covered themes such as State of the Aviation Industry; Aviation and the Environment; Aviation Security and Facilitation; and Strategies and the Way Forward.
Thank you to all speakers, conference-goers, and volunteers who made this event a success!
International Conference on Air Transport, Air Law and Regulation — 24 – 26 May 2010 in Singapore
Jointly organised by the Institute of Air & Space Law, the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law, and the Singapore Aviation Academy, this three-day conference addressed critical issues facing civil aviation in current challenging times with an emphasis on Asian air transportation. Current and new updates on legal and policy issues relevant to today’s air transportation environment were discussed.
Download the Brochure and registration [.pdf]
May 6, 2009, in Montreal
International & Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Space Governance
Preceding the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris, this high-level interdisciplinary event was an opportunity to discuss space, its governance and its peaceful use. Attendees can now download the presentations.
May 7-9, 2009, in Montreal
International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris
Many joined us for this important two-part congress organised by the IASL, in collaboration with the Cologne University Institute of Air and Space Law (Germany) and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (The Netherlands).
Attendees can now download the presentations.
The second part of this congress will take place in Bonn-Cologne, Germany, in May-June 2010. See you there!
Workshop and Conference on Air Transport, Air & Space Law and Regulation, 12-16 April 2009, Abu Dhabi
The Institute of Air & Space Law hosted a Workshop and Conference on Air Transport, Air & Space Law and Regulation, in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arad Emirates in Abu Dhabi, from April 12 to 16, 2009.
Both events were well attended by a wide variety of participants hailing mainly from the Gulf region.
Visit the Abu Dhabi 2009 page to download workshop and conference notes from our speakers, see the program or read the press clippings.
January 2009: Professor Ram Jakhu gives several seminars in India
Representing the Institute of Air and Space Law, Prof. Ram Jakhu delivered an orientation lecture on the scope of air and space law on January 19, 2009, at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University to an audience of over 500 people comprising of the faculty members, students and administrative staff. His lecture focused on the rapid growth of the area of air and space law.
Professor Jakhu also gave a seminar on "Space Tourism" to MBA (Aviation) students and Faculty members of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in Gurgaon, and delivered a seminar on "Space Law: Latest Developments" at the School of International Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (in Delhi) to LL.M. students, faculty members and several invited key figures in the public and private sectors in New Delhi. Finally, he reports being delighted with having had the opportunity to meet with some IASL alumni there.
11th Biennial Meeting of the Association of European Alumnae and Alumni of the IASL — Lisbon (Portugal), 8-10 May 2008
Thirty members of the European Alumnae and Alumni met this year in Lisbon (Portugal), with IASL director, Professor Paul Dempsey, attending. Cristina Galhardo Vilão, LLM'90, the President-Elect of the Association put together a very full programme [.pdf]. The professional part included a workshop on the premises of the Portuguese Bar Association (first picture below), visits to Aeroportos de Portugal, the Portuguese airport management company, for a presentation on the new airport project for Lisbon, a visit to TAP (second picture below).
A scenic trip took participants along the Portuguese Cote d’Azur to picturesque Cascais and Sintra. Another highlight was the farewell dinner at a Lisbon Fado restaurant. Jiri Hornik, LLM'00, was elected newest president of the European IASL Alumni(ae). The next meeting will be in 2010 in Prague - we look forward to seeing you there!
(Click to zoom) The 30 members of the European Alumnae and Alumni who met this year in Lisbon enjoyed a visit at TAP, the Portuguese airline.
IASL alums Jean-Michel Fobe (LLM'86), Axelle Cartier (LLM'97), Jeifang Huang (LLM'91), Mia Wouters (LLM'85), Darcy Beamer-Downie (LLM'96) with Paul Stephen Dempsey served as Judges at the Telders International Moot Court Competition at the International Court of Justice in the Hague in April 2008.
International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Air Transport, Air law and Regulation, April 21-25, 2008, New Delhi, India
Faculty and Alumni(ae) of the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law who participated in the Air Transport, Law and Regulation Workshop & Conference — April 21-25, 2008, in New Delhi, India.
Air & Space Law: A Global Perspective
September 17-20, 2008, in Montreal, Canada
The ABA's Forum on Air and Space Law, in partnership with the IASL, held its 2008 Annual Meeting and Conference this September in Montreal. This international gathering of aviation and space lawyers, academics, executives, policy makers and other professionals was a great opportunity for participants to examine the forces that shape the aviation and space industries of today - and tomorrow - and the legal superstructure in which those forces operate.
Read the Air & Space Law: global concern, global perspective needed for new rules, an article that was published in the McGill Reporter (Sept. 25, 2008).
Participants from the Air & Space Law: A Global Perspective event, held in Montreal.
Space Security Index Workshop, May 15-16, 2008
The Institute for Air and Space Law was proud to host the fifth annual Space Security Workshop in cooperation with Space Security Index project partners. Its purpose was to seek expert feedback on space security trends and developments in 2007 through open discussion and a review of background research on space security.
Air Transport, Law and Regulation Workshop & Conference — April 21-25, 2008, in New Delhi, India
The Institute of Air & Space Law hosted a Workshop and Conference on Air & Space Law, in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India, and the Center for Aviation Studies at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies. For conference proceedings and photos, please see the conference page.
McGill University graduates speak in China
[Click to zoom] McGill IASL graduate Jiefang Huang (second from left) and IASL Director Paul Stephen Dempsey (third from right) delivered papers at the International Forum on New Developments in Air & Space Law in the Age of Globalization on October 17, 2008, in Beijing, China. The event was sponsored by the Beijing University of Political Science and Law. Professor Dempsey also made a presentation on the McGill Institute at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.
Members of the class of 2003 organize first PEOPIL conference on aviation
Stephen Eriksson organized the first Seminar held by the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) on Aviation/Tourism.
Lawyers from several continents attended the event held in Toulouse, France, on November 13-15, 2008, which included a tour of the Airbus 380 assembly plant.
Shown below from left to right, are Urban Olson, Stephen Eriksson and IASL Director Paul Dempsey.
3rd IAASS Conference "Building a safer space together"
21-23 October 2008 – Rome, Italy
At the Third International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference, the IASL was well represented.
Professor Ram Jakhu presented a paper on "International Regulatory Standards for Spaceports", which was co-authored by DCL candidate Yaw Nyampong.
DCL candidate Michael Mineiro presented a paper he co-authored with professor Paul Dempsey on “ICAO's Role in Regulating Safety and Navigation in Suborbital Aerospace Transportation”.
Finally, Boeing Fellow Catherine Doldirina presented her paper on "Value of UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines."
In addition, Professor Ram Jakhu co-chaired two panel discussions on "Private Spaceflight and Safety Certification" and "International Space Safety Consensus Standards: The Way Ahead."
According to the professors and students of the IASL who attended, it was an excellent event that afforded many valuable insights and opportunities for discussion.
Students and alums at the International Astronautical Congress and the 51st Space Law Colloquium this October...
(click to zoom) In October 2008, the International Astronautical Congress and the 51st Space Law Colloquium of the IISL took place in Glasgow, Scotland, birthplace of James McGill. Pictured are McGill IASL alumni(ae) at the Glasgow City Chambers, venue for the 17th Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition World Finals. From left to right: Michael Mineiro (‘07), Dr. Peter van Fenema (‘71), Catherine Doldirina (‘07), Prof. Stephan Hobe (‘85), Axelle Cartier (‘96), Anne-Marie Hebert (‘07), Prof. Setsuko Aoki (‘93), Ali Akbar Golrounia (‘87) and David Chen (‘08). Other alumni(ae) present at the Colloquium and/or the Moot Court but not in this picture: Prof. Francis Lyall ('63), Prof. Paul Larsen (‘63), Sylvia Ospina ('84) and Diane Howard ('07).
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In October 2008, the International Astronautical Congress and the 51st Space Law Colloquium of the IISL took place in Glasgow, Scotland, birthplace of James McGill. Pictured are McGill IASL alumni(ae) at the Glasgow City Chambers, venue for the 17th Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition World Finals. From left to right: Michael Mineiro (‘07), Dr. Peter van Fenema (‘71), Catherine Doldirina (‘07), Prof. Stephan Hobe (‘85), Axelle Cartier (‘96), Anne-Marie Hebert (‘07), Prof. Setsuko Aoki (‘93), Ali Akbar Golrounia (‘87) and David Chen (‘08). Other alumni(ae) present at the Colloquium and/or the Moot Court but not in this picture: Prof. Francis Lyall ('63), Prof. Paul Larsen (‘63), Sylvia Ospina ('84) and Diane Howard ('07).
Public International Air Law (2008) by Professor Paul Stephen Dempsey
The IASL is proud to announce the publication of Professor Paul S. Dempsey's latest book, Public International Air Law. This comprensive treatise is a must not only for law students, but also to practicing lawyers, government officials and policymakers, airlines, insurers and members of the public who are interested in air law.
Air & Space Law: A Global Perspective
September 17-20, 2008, in Montreal, Canada
The ABA's Forum on Air and Space Law, in partnership with the IASL, held its 2008 Annual Meeting and Conference this September in Montreal. This international gathering of more than 200 aviation and space lawyers, academics, executives, policy makers and other professionals was an opportunity for participants to examine the forces that shape the aviation and space industries of today - and tomorrow - and the legal superstructure in which those forces operate. Pictured above are a number of the McGill IASL graduates who attended.
This two-day event featured keynote speakers, moderators and panelists who are leaders in their areas of expertise. Among the topics, the panels focused on ATC privatization, airport issues, environmental law, passenger rights, safety, privacy and data security - worldwide. A competition law panel considered antitrust issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions, as well as current development in the areas of predation an concerted practices. Finally, a Space Law Panel took us on a journey beyond the current, hot issues of earth-bound aviation to the new frontiers of the extraterrestrial practice of law.
Read the Air & Space Law: global concern, global perspective needed for new rules, an article that was published in the McGill Reporter (Sept. 25, 2008).
Nicolas Mateesco Matte honoured once, twice
At a luncheon hosted by the Permanent Canadian Representative for the International Civil Aviation Agency in Montreal on June 25, Professor Matte was honoured by members of the international aviation community on the occasion of his appointment of Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec.
At a luncheon hosted by the Permanent Canadian Representative for the International Civil Aviation Agency in Montreal on June 25, 2008, Professor Matte was honoured by members of the international aviation community on the occasion of his appointment of Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec.
Left to right: Denys Wibaux, Director, Legal Bureau, ICAO; Nicolas Kasirer, Dean of Law, McGill; Paul Dempsey, Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill; Ghislaine Richard, LLM'81, former Canadian Representative to ICAO; Jean-Christophe Chouvet, French Representative, ICAO Council; Armand de Mestral, Jean Monnet Professor of Law, McGill; Charles Bédard, Former Canadian Representative to ICAO; Lionel Alain Dupuis, LLM'81, Canadian Representative, ICAO; and Nicolas Mateesco Matte, director emeritus of the IASL.
McGill and Boeing launch Initiative in Air and Space Law
McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) and The Boeing Company are pleased to announce the Boeing Fellowships in Air and Space Law.
Article: Read full article. Also, read the article in the McGill Reporter.
Aviation Safety, Security & The Environment:
The Way Forward — 14-16 September 2007
During that weekend, industry, governmental, scientific, legal, financial, and academic experts from around the world came together to address some of the most critical issues facing civil aviation in these times.
In February 2007, John T. Keenan (right) paid a visit to Justice Gerrit de Boer's (left) Court at the Hague. Gerrit sent us this picture featuring John wearing a borrowed judge's gown and presiding as the guest of honour. John certainly looks very judicial!