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.


2021 Essay Contest and Deadlines

The Essay Topic of 2021 is:

Liability of Aircraft Lessors and Financiers under Private International Air Law:
With more than half of commercial aircraft now on lease, and many of the reminder subject to financing, what are, or should be, what should the liability of a lessor or financier be for damage in the air or on the ground caused by an aircraft leased or financed by it to the operator? What steps have been, or could be taken, in this regard, and should there be an integrated approach for damage in the air or on the ground, or should they be distinguished?

Registration for the Essay Contest end of 30 June 2021.

Final submission of the essay is 31 August 2021.

Winner of the 2021 Contest will be announced on 1 January 2022.


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.

Past Winners of  Sarin-McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing

  • 2020

Sarin & Co. and the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University are pleased to announce that Nilay Raj from Symbiosis Law School Pune, India, has been adjudged as the winner of the Sarin-McGill Annual Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance and Leasing 2020, for his essay on the topic “Force Majeure” and Aircraft Acquisition Contracts”.

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