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The IASL celebrates 65 Years of Excellence in Air and Space Law!
The Institute of Air and Space Law is turning 65 this year, and is still going strong!
Since 1951, the Institute has trained 1,000 specialists in air and space law from all over the world. Today, the IASL is undoubtedly the most prominent and decorated educational and research institution in the world in the domain.
The countless events, seminars, conferences, and publications over the past 65 years are testament to the Institute's dynamism, as well as commitment to outreach and innovative research. This year, we have a whole roster of activities to mark this special occasion.
We welcome you to join us in celebrating this special year and hope to see you at our events soon!
Institute of Air and Space Law 65th Anniversary Gala
On 7 October 2016, the Institute of Air and Space Law celebrated its 65th anniversary at a gala event held in Montreal. The festive event was attended by over 120 participants. Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Mr. John Augustin, Director of the ICAO Legal Bureau, were among the VIPs present and added to the celebratory mood with their presence.
"State of the IASL" address to highlight the proud achievements of the Institute in the past six and a half decades as well as the role its various directors, staffs, and students have played, and continue to play, in the extensive academic, research, and outreach activities of the Institute. In recognition of her commitment to the Institute and her passion for her work in the past thirty-eight years, Ms. Maria D'Amico was presented with the Lifelong Dedicated Service Award amid a standing ovation.An inspiring keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano (President and CEO of VIA Rail, a graduate of the IASL). Prof. Armand de Mestral (former Director of the IASL) presented thoughts on the important role that IASL plays in the air and space law education in the world, while Dr. Michael Milde (former Director of the IASL) traced the historical origin of the Institute. Current IASL Director Ram Jakhu provided the guests at the gala with a
thousand proud graduates of the Institute occupy recognised and senior positions in many government ministries, international organisations, airlines, the judiciary, and academia. In 1996, the Institute was decorated with the prestigious Edward Warner Award for its ground-breaking achievements and "unparalleled contributions to the development of international air law and to the examination of contemporary aviation issues”.After 65 years, the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law remains the world’s premier educational and research institution in the field of air law and space law. With the largest number of fellowships and prizes on offer to encourage students and professionals to engage in the study of air and space law at the masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels, to date over a
The education programme and research agenda of the Institute and its research arm, the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, have evolved over the years to keep in touch - often with creative foresight - with the new issues and challenges. The Centre has been prolific in publishing and disseminating peer-reviewed publications related to this rapidly developing field of law, including the renowned Annals of Air and Space Law. Further, the Institute and Centre have organised countless events and conferences around the world and been at the forefront of spearheading innovative projects, such as the Global Space Governance Study and most recent project to draft the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Activities in Outer Space.
All these achievements could not have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Institute’s dedicated staffs and students, the great generosity of the Institute’s donors and supporters, as well as the continual support of the Institute’s extensive network of alumni around the world. At 65, the Institute is entering a new future and will continue to fulfil its mission and vision of being the world’s foremost centre for research and education in the fields of air and space law.
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McGill space law moot team in the Semi-Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court
This week, our Space Law Moot Team, representing North America, participated in the 2016 World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they won the Eilene M. Galloway Award for Best Memorials.
The Team is composed of Aram Daniel Kerkonian and Ted Adam Newsome, with Maria Manoli as the coach and Prof. Ram Jakhu as the Faculty Advisor.
We are very proud of them and send them our warmest congratulations!
Photo courtesy of Adam Newsome - The team posing with ICJ judges Hanqin Xue, Peter Tomka & Kirill Gevorgian
Occasional Paper Series on Sustainable International Civil Aviation
In the run-up the 39th Triennial ICAO Assembly later this year, which will address the matter of CO2 emissions from international aviation, researchers and academics at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) have teamed up to publish a number of papers falling under the umbrella theme of Sustainable International Civil Aviation.
The research papers in this special Occasional Paper Series address various policy, legal and technical means and issues relating to the regulation of the impact of international aviation on the environment, and will form the core of a much anticipated book that will be published at a later date by Cambridge University Press. These papers aim to contribute to the growing interest and debates on the issue of the environmental impact and sustainability of civil aviation. It is hoped that these papers will contribute to the work of the Assembly and that informed readers and delegates participating at the ICAO Assembly will have constructive comments to share with the authors.
The papers below were edited by Prof Armand de Mestral (CISDL/IASL, McGill University, Canada), Prof Dr P Paul Fitzgerald (McGill University, Canada) and Prof Dr Md Tanveer Ahmad (North South University, Bangladesh), with research support from Mr Michael Jourdan J Navarro (CISDL).
- Occasional Paper III: Seeking Global Environmental Harmony in Aviation
by Paul P. Fitzgerald
- Occasional Paper IV: Settlement of Dispute at ICAO and Sustainable Development
by Mathieu Vageois, under the direction of Armand de Mestal
- Occasional Paper V: International Civil Aviation and Sustainable Development: The Application of WTO Law
by Emilie Conway and Armand de Mestral
- Occasional Paper VI: Sustainable Flight Management and Aviation
by P. Paul Fitzgerald and Md. Tanveer Ahmad
- Occasional Paper VII: Environmental Sustainability Measures for Airports
by Maha Mousavi Sameh & Juliana Scavuzzi
- Occasional Paper VIII: Exporting Environmental Values through Open Skies
by Kuan-Wei Chen
- Occasional Paper IX: Sustainable Development Initiatives in the Aviation Industry in Latin America: Focus on Brazil
by Juliana Scavuzzi & Maha Mousavi Sameh
- Occasional Paper X: Getting to Global Cooperation: ICAO and Climate Change
by Alejandro Piera
- Occasional Paper XI: Global Civil Aviation Emissions Standards – from Noise to Greener Fuels
by Md. Tanveer Ahmad
- Occasional Paper XII: Technology Developments and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Aviation
by David W. Zingg and Ömer L. Gülder
- Occasional Paper XIII: Sustainable Aviation and the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies to Africa: Paradoxes, Barriers and Prospects
by Damilola S. Olawuyi
- Occasional Paper XIV: Inspirations from Sustainable Maritime Development
by Jeffrey J. Smith
Occasional Paper XV: Aviation and Sustatinable Development: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific
by by Jae Woon Lee, Benoît Mayer and Joseph Wheeler
Occasional Paper XVI: Catastrophic aviation emissions: The Namuhs meet the Humans
by Richard Janda and Juan Pinto
Professor Ram Jakhu honoured with IAASS Leonardo da Vinci Award
Professor Ram Jakhu, the new Director of the Institute, received the Leonardo da Vinci Life-Long Achievement Award from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).
The Leonardo da Vinci Award honours distinguished individuals who advance space safety and the mission goals and core values of the IAASS. The award itself is a bronze plaque with the "Vitruvian Man", which is symbolism for recognising those space safety professionals who dedicate themselves to the truth and innovative discovery.
Professor Jakhu has been the Chairman of the IAASS Space Safety Legal and Regulatory Committee for nine years running, and he is the second person ever to receive this prestigeous award. He was recognised for his "lifelong passion for promoting knowledge centred on the value of care for the wellbeing of space explorers and travelers, and for the protection of the orbital environment". Further, the IAASS recognised Professor Jakhu's contributions in championing space safety and sustainability through space law and took note of his "oustanding research on regulatory aspects of space regulations".
In a letter congratulating Professor Jakhu, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) Rosie Goldstein underlined the Leonardo Da Vinci Life-long Achievement Award is "a testimony to [his] accomplishments in the development and advancement of space law", and praised his work for reinforcing McGill University's position at the forefront of research and training.
Congratulations, Professor Jakhu!
McGill University Officially Launches the MILAMOS Project
4th Manfred Lachs Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law, representatives from McGill University and partner institution the University of Adelaide officially launched the interdisciplinary and international project to draft the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS).
This unique project, which to date enjoys the support of the Government of Canada, the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as support from a growing number of international experts, aims to draft a widely-accepted manual clarifying the rules applicable to the military use of outer space. These rules would clarify and regulate the range of activities that can be conducted in times of peace, as well as in periods of tension and armed conflict. The Project is made possible with financial contributions from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Erin JC Arsenault Trust Fund at McGill University, established to support initiatives and research into the peaceful uses of outer space and space governance.
The launch event was attended by over 80 people from all over the world. Underlining the importance and necessity of the MILAMOS Project were Professor Ram Jakhu, Chair of the MILAMOS Project Management Board, Dr Dale Stephens, Editor-in-Chief of the Project and Director of the University of Adelaide's Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE), Professor Paul Dempsey, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law and the Centre for the Research in Air and Space Law, the Dean of McGill Faculty of Law, Professor Daniel Jutras, and McGill University's Vice Principal (Research and Innovations), Dr. Rosie Goldstein.
The Institute and Centre have long been a recognised hub for teaching, critical thinking and research in the field of air and space law, and the MILAMOS Project demonstrates the innovation and strength of these institutions. The project aims to ensure, for the sake of the long-term sustainability and peaceful uses of outer space, that all activities are governed by the rule of law.
Dean Jutras expressed his support for the Institute and the Centre in spearheading the Project that will no doubt have great international influence on public policy-making and the legal regulation of affairs in outer space in years to come. Dr. Goldstein made welcoming remarks, partly in French, and noted McGill University's pride in leading such a project.
Additionally, Dr David Kendall, the incoming Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, gave the Conference's Keynote Address and praised McGill and the University of Adelaide for their foresight in conceptualising and conceiving this groundbreaking and innovative project, particularly in the current geopolitical climate of "considerable distrust". Mr. Niklas Hedman, of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, spoke about how the Project will address security and sustainability issues that will be a focus of the upcoming UNISPACE+50 event in 2018.
Much of the discussions at the Conference related to issues that will form the challenging concepts and developments that the MILAMOS Project aims to grapple with. The discussions, contacts and fruitful exchanges facilitated at the Conference provided the international community with ideas and means to recognise the legal restraints on conflicts in outer space, to promote a stable, rules-based global order in outer space and to reduce the impetus towards an arms race and conflict in outer space.
Volume XL of the Annals of Air and Space Law has been published!
In addition to dozens of articles written by experts in the domain of air and space law, this special volume of the Annals contains a focus section dedicated to the discussion on whether various military uses of outer space is compatible with the "peaceful uses" of outer space. For more information and a list of the articles, visit the Volume XL page.
IASL Association Annual Dinner
On 18 April 2016, the Institute of Air and Space Law Association held its Annual Dinner at the McGill Faculty Club.
It was a festive event to induct students of the class of 2015-2016 into the Association and mark the achievements of outgoing Director Professor Paul Dempsey. The IASL alumni and people in attendance also took a moment to remember the contributions of Dr Nicolas Mateesco Matte, who passed away earlier in the week.
Professor Paul Dempsey, the outgoing Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, and future Director Professor Ram Jakhu exchange hand shakes and smiles at this festive occasion.
The members of the class of 2015-2016 were inducted into the Institute of Air and Space Law Assosciation to become part of a growing family IASL graduates who are located all over the world.
More pictures can be seen here.
Obituary: Dr. Nicolas Mateesco Matte
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Dr. Nicolas Mateesco Matte at the venerable age of 102 on 13 April 2016. Dr. Matte joins his dear wife Monica, deceased in 2008, and leaves behind his daughter Anne-Karyne (Jacques Latreille) and his son Daniel, as well as his grandsons Jordan-Nicolas and Mikaël-Darcy.
At McGill, Dr. Matte was one of the great experts in air and space law, a prolific scholar, and a formidable figure – leading the Institute of Air and Space Law for fifteen years, between 1976 and 1991. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Matte was also chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, a Commander of the National Order of Romania, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nicolas Mateesco Matte Fellowship at McGill University's Faculty of Law (lauren [dot] donnelly [at] mcgill [dot] ca 514-398-2770).
Focus online (Jan. 2014): Happy 100th birthday, Professor Matte!
Globe and Mail (24 May 2016): Nicolas Mateesco Matte: Romanian émigré became eminent legal expert
10 May 2016: Summit on Legal Developments in the Airline Industry
Organized by McGill University and the East China University of Political Science & Law.
20 May 2016: Ninth Annual Conference on International Aviation Law and Insurance
Organized by McGill University and PEOPIL, this event brings together world-leading aviation liability and insurance experts to address the following topics:
- Recent Developments in Aviation Liability and Insurance
- Comparative Jurisprudence under the Warsaw System and the Montreal Convention of 1999
- Jurisdiction & Forum Non Conveniens
- Liability of Airlines, Airports, Lessors, Manufacturers, Maintenance Providers & ANSPs
- Challenges of Settlement
Download latest version of programme (28 April 2016) and registration form: programme_aviation_edinburgh_2016_conference_4may16.docx
This event is sponsored by:
27-28 May 2016: 4th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law
Montreal, Canada (Best Western Ville Marie Hotel)
This 4th Annual Manfred Lachs Conference will address issues related to the state of the art in current and future military and security technologies and activities, the development of military policies and doctrines, the challenges and risks they represent in terms of space security, the national exploitation of space natural resources, space sustainability, and the peaceful uses of outer space for the benefit of all. In addition, presentation will address the adequacy and inadequacy of the current rules of international space law, public international law, and international humanitarian law, with respect to conflict avoidance in outer space.
For more information, please visit the 4th Manfred Lachs Conference page.
You can now register online: bookstore.mcgill.ca/mlc2016
Should you have any question, mlc [dot] iasl [at] mcgill [dot] ca (please contact Maria Manoli).
30 May-3 June 2016 – 3rd Strategic Space Law program
Montreal, Canada (Best Western Ville Marie Hotel)
The McGill University, Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, and the University of Adelaide Law School (Australia) are organizing the 3rd Annual Strategic Space Law Program. This Program is a one-week intensive, interdisciplinary, international and interactive program designed for lawyers and other professionals in the defense services, international relations, government, international organizations, law firms, consulting firms and industry interested in studying space law from a strategic perspective. The Program will follow the 4th Manfred Lachs Conference.
- 25 core lectures from experts on the concepts, principles and rules involved in the various disciplines that touch on Strategic Space Law.
- 10 Hands-on practical exercises linked to lectures, on topics such as diplomatic negotiations, aerospace traffic management, military use of spectrum, space debris and simulated legal, policy and commercial problem-solving and debate.
- Social and other networking activities.
We have now a preliminary program and timetable with registration form [.pdf] available (as of March 24, 2016) and a program explainer [.pdf].
UPDATE: online registration now open: bookstore.mcgill.ca/sslp2016
Should you have any question, please contact Maria Manoli at mlc [dot] iasl [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
4-8 July 2016: Workshop on Aviation Law for Regulators
Organized by McGill University and the Singapore Aviation Academy, this 4-day workshop provides a comprehensive and in-depth coverage on contemporary issues on aviation law for airport regulators and examine how the knowledge can be applied to protect the interests of the various airport stakeholders.
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Understand contemporary issues in aviation;
- Understand the legal and regulatory framework;
- Examine the common and new challenges faced by regulators of airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, air navigation service providers(ANSPs), and airlines;
- Apply legal knowledge in decision making and protect the public interest of the relevant stakeholders.
The workshop will be taught by Professor Paul Dempsey, Professor Ludwig Webber, and Ms Kate Markhvida.
Download the Aviation Law Workshop description and program [.pdf]
Download the PDF registration file from saa.caas.gov.sg
Good news from the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) Team won the North American Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, where it competed against 11 other schools, mainly from the US. The competition took place 1-2 April 2016 in Washington, DC.
The McGill Team successfully mooted over two days and won each and every match it participated in. The final round was judged by Senior Counsels of NASA and Lockheed Martin. In addition, team member Aram Daniel Kerkonian won the best oralist award and our memorials were graded to have the overall highest score amongst all competing teams.
The Team is composed of Aram Daniel Kerkonian, Ted Adam Newsome, and Julius Dunton. Maria Manoli, research assistant at the IASL, coached the team and Professor Ram Jakhu acted as the Faculty Advisor. The McGill Team will now compete in the International Finals, representing North America, against the winners of the European, Asia-Pacific and African rounds, in Guadalajara, Mexico, in September 2016. The Final competition will be judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice.
New Publications from the CRASL!
The Centre for Research in Air and Space Law is pleased to announce the publication of Global Space Governance, in its Monograph series, and of Unravelling Open Skies, which inaugurates the new Occasional Paper Series.
We invite you to take a look at the latest publications, which deal with the very topical matter of the governance of outer space activities and the debate and controversies surrounding alleged state-subsidies provided to Middle East carriers, and the access of low-cost carrier Norwegian International to the United States.
Ram Jakhu to head IASL for a year
The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Ram Jakhu has been appointed Director of the Research Center and the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), for a one-year term that will begin on 1 June 2016, when the outgoing director, Professor Paul S. Dempsey, will be stepping down.
“Our colleagues Paul Dempsey and Ram Jakhu have carried the IASL to new heights, in a competitive environment in which we have seen other Air and Space Law centers and institutes emerge elsewhere in Europe and America. Through their hard work, the IASL now works closely with international organizations, including the United Nations, on a broad range of public policy, research and educational initiatives addressing the regulatory regime of aviation, and an optimal governance regime for outer space,” said Dean Daniel Jutras. “And we know how vibrant and loyal the IASL alumni community is, increasing the Institute’s visibility around the world.”
Congratulations, Md Tanveer Ahmad!
The IASL is pleased to announce that Md Tanveer Ahmad, LLM'10, successfully defended his doctoral thesis on 21 January 2016.
His thesis, which was written under the supervision of Professor Paul Dempsey, is titled “Toward governing emissions from aviation that contribute to climate change and global warming.” Bravo to our newest DCL!
Great news! Our books can now be purchased online!
We are pleased to announce that publications of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, including the latest volumes of the Annals of Air and Space Law, are now available for purchase online. In cooperation with the McGill Bookstore, these publications can be purchased and delivered to you promptly all with a few clicks of the button.
Older volumes of the Annals will gradually also be made available for purchase online. Over the coming period, the website will also feature a searchable index for users to find and access individual articles based on the topic and/or name of the author. These developments will prove to be of great convenience to readers and researchers, so we hope you will make the most use of these new features.
To purchase our publications, visit our McGill Bookstore page.
Celebrating 60 years at the IASL
The Institute of Air and Space Law looks back on a rich history of over 60 years of education, public service and scholarship. Over 900 of its loyal graduates today serve in some of the highest legal positions; at the bar, in the industry; and for governmental and international agencies in some 120 nations around the world. Come and join us at the IASL!