Sarin McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing

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The Institute of Air and Space Law is extremely honoured to announce the Sarin-McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing.

Open to law students around the world, the annual essay contest aims to promote the field of Aircraft Finance & Leasing Law among law students.

Aircraft Finance & Leasing Law blends aspects of both international and domestic law, enhancing its interest and complexity. The topic of Aircraft Finance & Leasing Law is often overlooked due to a common misconception that the field occupies a very niche spot, resulting in inadequate attention being accorded to this fascinating and dynamic field of law. Through this essay contest, students encouraged to think creatively and beyond the established rules and principles of law, thereby adding a future-leaning dimension and innovative approach to this ever-evolving field of law.


2020 Essay Contest and Deadlines

The Essay Topic of 2020 is:

“Force Majeure” and Aircraft Acquisition Contracts:
What Should Airlines Do? Recent groundings of aircraft types and the spread of the coronavirus health emergency have many airlines asking if they are still obliged to take delivery of aircraft under aircraft purchase or lease agreements. What should be the effect of these recent developments on airlines' obligations under such contracts.

Registration for the Essay Contest end of 30 June 2020.

Final submission of the essay is 31 August 2020.

Winner of the 2020 Contest will be announced on 1 November 2020.


The Essay Contest is open to students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programme at any law school or legal professional training school worldwide. The student must be a registered student at the time of submission of the entry.

The essay shall be limited to a maximum of 2500 wordsincluding footnotes or endnotes, and only essays which are the original work of the author will be considered for the Prize. No part of the essay should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or in a contest elsewhere.

For more information about the rules, please refer to the Constitution of the Sarin-McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing.


To register for the Essay Contest, please download and fill in the registration form.

Please register and send the form to sarin-mcgill[at]


The winner will hall receive a return air ticket (economy class) by Sarin &Co. from his/her countryof residenceto visit the IASL for a specially organised tour of the IASLand of McGill University. IF the winner is a student of McGill University, he/she shall receive a return air ticket (economy class)by Sarin & Co. from his/hercountry of residenceto visit Sarin & Co. in Chandigarh.

The winning essay shall  also be published in the the Annals of Air and Space Law.


About Sarin & Co.

Established in 1932, Sarin & Co. is one of India's leading law firms with in-depth expertise in aircraft finance and other aviation related matters. True to the mission of philanthrophy and advancing legal education around the world, Sarin & Co. is dedicated to the cause of spreading legal literacy and turning lawyers into socially responsible professionals.


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