Public International Air Law


Public International Air Law

From its inception, aviation has been international in scope. The first flight across the English Channel occurred in 1908, and international law was soon to follow, with a conference to draft a treaty convened just two years later, culminating in the Paris Convention of 1919 – the first public international air law convention. That legal instrument subsequently was superseded by the Chicago Convention of 1944, which gave birth to the International Civil Aviation Organization, headquartered in Montreal.

Air law has evolved and grown since along with the aviation industry. Today, there is an elaborate and wide ranging collection of international conventions, treaties, and air transport agreements, as well as a highly developed body of domestic law having international application that govern air transport. Behind the glamour of air transportation are a myriad of issues relating to aviation security, aviation safety, the use of airports and air navigation services, as well as environmental concerns that are at play and that require extensive analysis and study.

Undoubtedly, Public International Air Law will evolve further, and any practitioner, academic or student needs to be well-informed about with the legal and political intricacies in the regulation of international air transport. Between these covers, we attempt to address the major legal and policy issues confronting the relations between States in international aviation.

Published by: Institute and Centre for Research in Air & Space Law, McGill University

ISBN 978-0-7717-0636-7

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Public International Air Law
Public International Air Law