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IASL Festive Reception 2007

Professor Paul Dempsey (L) with former IASL Directors Dr. Nicholas Matte (C) and Dr. Michael Milde (R) at a festive reception last December in the Common Room

Michael Mineiro singing, and accompanying himself with guitar and harmonica

During the reception, LLM student Michael Mineiro regaled us by playing a song he called, "I'm Just an Air and Space Lawyer". Listen to his song (I'm just an air and space lawyer [.mp3]) or download the lyrics ( LYRICS: I'm just an air and space lawyer [.doc]). We don't think we've ever heard a song that combines Sputnik, squirrels and article 17 of the Warsaw Convention!

Annual report published for 2006-2007

October 3, 2007 - The report is now available. Download and read the Annual Report 2006-07 [.pdf]

Workshop and international conference in Macao, China

Workshop and international conference in Macau, China
16-21 April 2007

This three-day intensive workshop titled "Introduction to Air and Space Law" was followed by a a three-day international conference on contemporary issues in air and space law. Organized by Institute of Air & Space Law, the Macau Civil Aviation Authority and the ADA-Administration of Airports.

Partipants of the International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Air & Space Law, held in Macau, April 18-21, 2007

Partipants of the International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Air & Space Law, held in Macau, April 18-21, 2007

Participants at the Space Security Index Workshop, held March 15-16, 2007, at the Multimedia Room of the Ville Marie Best Western Hotel (click for larger)

Space Security Index Workshop - March 15-16, 2007

The purpose of this Workshop was to seek expert feedback on space security trends and developments in 2006 through open discussion and a review of background space security research and surveys. Through the discussions, input will inform the development of the Space Security Index 2007 report.

Agenda: SSI Workshop program (preliminary) [.doc]
More Information: maria.damico [at] (Maria D'Amico)

McGill First Runner Up at Space Moot World Finals

Seated: judges Peter Tomka, Abdul Koroma, and Bernardo Sepúlveda. Back row: Ram Jakhu, Andrew Williams, Michael Taylor, Susan Trepszynski, and Paul Dempsey

October 10, 2006 - IASL students Andrew Williams, Michael Taylor and Susan Trepszynski won the First Runner Up award on October 6 at the Manfred Lachs Moot Space Law Court World Finals Competition in Valencia, Spain. Read full McGill Announcement.

'There's a shortage of space in space'

October 9, 2006 - Ram Jakhu, associate professor of law at McGill, says that the increasing number of satellites orbiting the planet is creating headaches for lawyers.
New Statesman

Annual report published for 2005-2006

July 2006 - The IASL Annual Report has been released. Find out more about our projects, successes and accomplishements: see Annual Reports.

Team Wins Space Law Moot Regional Competition in Washington

April 9, 2006 – The Faculty would like to congratulate Michael Taylor, Susan Trepczynski and Andrew Williams of the Institute of Air and Space Law. On April 8, 2006, their team won the North American Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, held in Washington D.C.

L to R: Andrew Williams, Susan Trepczynski & Michael Taylor

In addition, they received the award for best memorial and Andrew Williams was declared best oralist.

The team will be participating in the World Finals, to be judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice, to be held held in Valencia, Spain in October 2006. See the Space Moot web site

Boeing Addresses Aviation Issues with the Institute for Air and Space Law

April 2006 - Boeing has taken the lead in addressing global aviation issues by supporting the Faculty of Law's Institute of Air and Space Law with a $20,000 commitment to foster public policy discussions. This gift will further strengthen the Institute of Air and Space Law's position as an international centre for legal scholarship and research.

Boeing's commitment to higher education is at the centre of its vision for the future, as stated by Robert Gordon Vice-President Space and Defence, Boeing Capital Corporation: "Boeing believes that intellectual capital will define the future of the aerospace industry. The new partnership between The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and Boeing will become a testament to what can be achieved by bringing together the best minds of industry and academia to focus on issues of critical importance."

"The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law looks forward to a long and productive relationship with one of the world's premiere aerospace companies," declares Paul Dempsey, the Institute's director. "Ours is a natural pairing of industry with academia, one that can come together and address contemporary policy issues."

PHOTOGRAPH (Click on the photo to see a larger view)

Photo of Boeing and IASL personnels

First Row: Louise Mnich, General Council - Boeing Commercial Aircraft; Paul Dempsey, Director of the Institute for Air and Space Law; Janet Fisher, Global Public Issues & Positioning - Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Second Row: Prof. Ram Jakhu; Peter Nesgos, Chair IASL Development Committee; John Catron, Senior Counsel - Boeing Capital Corporation; Robert Gordon, Space & Defense - Boeing Capital Corporation; Prof. Michael Milde; Allan DeQuetteville - Boeing International Relations Canada.

New IASL Director

Press Release Faculty of Law - Monday, March 18, 2002

McGill University's Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Stephen Dempsey to the positions of Tomlinson Professor of Global Governance in Air and Space Law and Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law.


Press Release [.pdf]
Communiqué [.pdf]

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