International Conference on Air Transport, Air Law and Regulation

24 May 2010

More than 130 aviation professionals from 37 countries gathered at SAA to attend the International Conference on Air Transport, Air Law and Regulation Conference on 24 – 26 May 2010 jointly organised by McGill University Institute of Air & Space Law, National University of Singapore Centre for International Law and Singapore Aviation Academy.

The Conference addressed critical issues facing civil aviation in current challenging times, with an emphasis on Asian air transportation. Current and new updates on legal and policy issues relevant to today’s air transportation environment were addressed as well.

In his welcome address, Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said, “This Conference provides a timely platform for us to better understand the prevailing aviation issues and their implications in the legal realm. It provides an excellent opportunity for all of us present to exchange views, seek common or global solutions, and provide lessons and guidance for States.”

The opening address was delivered by Prof Dr Paul Stephen Dempsey, Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Canada. Prof Dempsey emphasised the importance of air transportation as an essential component of the infrastructure of global trade.

Key topics addressed include the airline industry, aviation security, aviation safety, air traffic management safety, environmental regulation, aviation liability and insurance, air cargo liability, aircraft and infrastructure finance, emerging issues for airports, liberalisation of air transport, European laws policies and practices, traffic rights and air transport agreements, airline alliances, predation, mergers and competition laws.