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The Institute has published a vast amount of monographic studies, books, proceedings and theses with an interdisciplinary focus. IASL researchers have been leaders in addressing air and space law issues for decades, holding interdisciplinary conferences and publishing books on contemporary legal and policy issues. The IASL is committed to continue and expand its research and teaching expertise in the field of law and policy.


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. 


Aviation and Space Applications - Legal, Safety and Policy Issues (Sept. 2014)

Edited by Professor Ram Jakhu, Sanat Kaul, and Kuan-Wei Chen

In recent years, the world has witnessed rapid development and growth in the aerospace sector, and this growth is most prominent in emerging economies and developing countries. Increasing air transportation and space applications have cultivated economic benefits and facilitated international exchange and cooperation. However, these activities also raise various legal and policy issues that require in-depth study and planning for enhancing their growth. This book contains a collection of selected papers presented at the Third Workshop and International Conference on Emerging Trends in Aviation and Space Applications: Legal, Safety and Policy Issues (New Delhi, 25–29 April 2012).

This book will be useful for anybody with an interest in the aerospace industry and will provide guidelines for those involved in the development of laws and policies to cope with the rapid developments in the aerospace industry. 448 pages, soft cover, CAN $80.

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Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation (July 2014)

Edited by Professor Ram Jakhu and Kuan-Wei Chen

The myriad of issues and challenges related to air and space transportation systems are not restricted to any one discipline. As such, an international and interdisciplinary approach is required in order to objectively examine and appropriately address matters related to the technological, economic, social, legal and policy developments in this budding field of human activity.

The 1st Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation was convened on 24 and 25 May 2013 in Montreal, Canada. This book contains some of the conference papers and brief summaries of the discussions that took place at the Conference. 358 pages, soft cover, CAN $50.

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Public International Air Law (2008)

Public International Air Law (2008) by Professor Paul Stephen DempseyBy Professor Paul Stephen Dempsey

Air law has evolved and grown along with the aviation industry. Today, there is an elaborate and wide ranging collection of international conventions, treaties, and air transport agreements, as well as a highly developed body of domestic law having international application that govern air transport. Behind the glamour of air transportation are a myriad of issues relating to aviation security, aviation safety, the use of airports and air navigation services, as well as environmental concerns that are at play and that require extensive analysis and study.

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. 463 pages, hard cover, CAN $100.

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International Air Carrier Liability (2005)

By Professors Paul Stephen Dempsey & Michael Milde.

The 1999 Montreal Convention came into force on 4 November 2003 and is in force for 66 States – among them almost all the States of major importance in international air transport. In this treatise, the authors present a compact analytical guide to the 1999 Montreal Convention addressing air carrier passenger and cargo liability in international aviation, with informative cross-references to the history of its provisions, similarities and differences with respect to the “Warsaw system”, and the leading jurisprudence that has interpreted and applied the different provisions. This publication will prove useful not only to the students of law but also to the practicing lawyers, airlines, insurers and the public. 460 pages, hard cover, CAN $149.

Table of contents [.pdf].

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Annals of Air and Space Law - Annales de droit aérien et spatial

The IASL has been publishing the Annals of Air and Space, a specialized journal devoted to promoting scholarship in the field of air and space law, since 1976.

The Annals of Air and Space Law gathers under the same cover original articles in English and in French written by internationally prominent scholars, leading practitioners, students of the Institute and other specialists in air and space law. The articles undergo a process of peer-review and not only deal with topics of current interest but also with those problems of growing concern in the realm air and space activities.The Annals has become a standard source of reference in the field, and can be found in most academic libraries, government and airline offices and specialized law offices.

To order copies of the Annals, or to submit an article, visit the Annals' page.


Other publications of note

The McGill/Concordia Report on International Aviation Policy for Canada

Book Cover of International Aviation Policy For Canada

This is an interdisciplinary study of the international aviation policy for Canada.

While trying to avoid ideological or political preferences, the study assesses the past, present and future of the industry and the public it serves. It is a product of research, analysis and insights of both Canadian and international aviation experts.

This publication would help the industry, labor leaders and experts, government officials and scholars to make educated policy choices.

You can view the Table of Contents [.pdf].

To place an order, please contact Ms Maria D'Amico by email (maria [dot] damico [at] mcgill [dot] ca) or by phone (514-398-5095).

The McGill Report on Governance of Commercialized Air Navigation Services

The purpose of this report is to canvas the governance issues raised by the commercialization, corporatization and privatization of Air navigation services. Among the entities studied are a department with access to capital markets and user fees, several government corporations, a public-private partnership and a non-share capital, private corporation.The following issues of governance are addressed: how are ownership and control addressed, how does the appointment process to a governing board work, what mechanisms are put in place to ensure accountability and transparency, what flexibility does the corporatized entity acquire to finance its operations through fees and access to capital markets, how does it interact with government bodies established to oversee safety and economic regulation, what price and service control are imposed upon it, and what are the applicable judicial processes, both as regards appeal from fee determinations and as regards general third party liability? These questions have been addressed by comparing the experience of ten countries that present a spectrum of modest to thorough-going corporatization, although none of the countries in this study have yet proceeded to full-fledged privatization.

The Mcgill Report On Governance Of Commercialized Air Navigation Services [.pdf]