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Pro-Active Prevention of Liability for Aircraft Design, Manufacture and Marketing Defects

Aviation product liability litigation has become increasingly high profile, factually complex and legally complicated – resulting in skyrocketing insurance premiums.

Although the average number of deaths per year that occur in commercial aviation are far fewer than those associated with bicycles and motor vehicles, the dramatic nature of commercial airline accidents and the media coverage cause a much different public perception.

This workshop encourages participants to balance the perceived benefits of aircraft product liability litigation [including improved product safety and compensation of  victims] with the high costs of litigation -- the transfer of a dollar to a victim of a product accident via the liability system often requires more than a dollar on average in legal, insurance and other expenses.

Date: TBA
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $695


This course will explain the nature of and legal liability resulting from inadequately designed, constructed and/or marketed “defective” aviation products and components that may cause or contribute to the damage, injury and/or death of buyers and users of these products. Also, tools will be provided for a pro-active risk management approach in order to prevent potential civil litigation and even criminal prosecution.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, managers, technical writers, professionals, and others involved in aviation product design, production and/or marketing, with – or without—an aerospace background.


  • Define, identify  and recognize the  legal effects  of  design, manufacturing and marketing [i.e. failure-to-warn] defects.
  • Understand legal theories applied to hold manufacturers liable in product defect cases based in contract law; tort law negligence, strict and absolute liability; statutory laws and regulations; and criminal law.
  • Develop a pro-active risk management approach to avoid potential civil litigation and even criminal prosecution for possible product defects.

Topics Covered

  • Types of product defects and their legal effects
  • Legal theories  holding manufacturers liable in product defect cases
    - Contract law
    - Tort law negligence, strict and absolute liability
    - Statutory laws and regulations
    - Criminal law
  • A pro-active risk management approach to avoid potential civil litigation and even criminal prosecution


Dr. John Saba

Dr. John Saba holds five degrees including in law (bachelor, master and doctor of civil laws), economics and political science (bachelor and master) as well as a diploma in air and space law from McGill University. He has also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

At McGill, he is a Lecturer in Economics and in International Business as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGill University’s Institute of Air & Space Law, Secretary-General of the Institute of Air & Space Law Association and the editor-in-chief of its newsletter.  He also has lectured in Economics in the MBA Finance programme at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. He has published a number of articles in the areas of aviation manufacturer liability as well as international air safety issues.

Dr. Saba has served as manager and/or chairman of a number of worldwide air and space conferences and seminars for the International Civil Aviation Organization, the American Bar Association [ABA] and McGill University. He has also been President & co-founder of companies in information technology (Internet/E-commerce subsidiary of a NASDAQ traded corporation) and satellite communications. He is currently an Assistant Editor to the ABA’s Air and Space Lawyer. From 2005 to 2009 he was a member [judge] of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.                                     

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at]

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