Brian F. Havel

Full Professor
Director, Institute of Air and Space Law

3690 Peel Street
Room 203
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-8370 [Office]
brian.havel [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Brian F. Havel


Website: Institute of Air and Space Law

Download: File Academic CV and list of publications (Sept. 2017)

Biography

Professor Brian F. Havel joined the Faculty of Law of McGill University as a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law in August 2017.

Previously, Professor Havel was a Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where he directed the International & Comparative Law Program and the International Aviation Law Institute. He practised transnational corporate and antitrust litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, before entering academia.

In addition to heading the Institute of Air and Space Law, Professor Havel will teaching graduate courses in air law, along with some undergraduate courses outside the IASL, beginning with an International Trade Law course in winter 2018.

His current research focuses on issues of public/private governance in the air transport and space industries – and the sites of that governance – that emerge from “messy” public and private international norm-generation at all levels. He welcomes queries concerning potential graduate supervision in these subjects.

Professor Havel has been a visiting professor of law at the University of Oxford, Leiden University, University College Dublin, McGill University, and Northwestern University.

He is currently working on a Research Handbook On International Aviation Law (forthcoming, Elgar Publishing), with J. Prassl.

Education

  • J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1997
  • Associate, Litigation Department, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, 1989-1994
  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1989
  • LL.M. First Class Honours, National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1987
  • B.A., University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1987
  • Dip.Eur.L., National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1983
  • B.C.L., National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1980
  • Diploma in international human rights, René Cassin Institute, University of Strasbourg, France, 1977

Employment

  • Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2017-
  • Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2017-
  • Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, 2011-2017
  • Professor, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago 2003-2011
  • Associate Professor, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, 1997-2003
  • Assistant Professor, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, 1994-1997

Areas of interest

Aviation law and governance, interpretation of international treaties, law and practice of public memory.