Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The final quarter of 2007 has been an especially exciting and busy time for the International Aviation Law Institute. Having recently hosted two successful events in Dublin, Ireland, the Institute will be represented at three major international aviation conferences in the coming weeks. In addition, the Institute's newly-appointed FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow, top DePaul graduate Gabriel Sanchez, will take over adminstration of the Aviation Law Prof Blog in succession to Andrew Eastmond. Mr. Eastmond has taken a new position with Ricondo & Associates. Mr. Sanchez will keep the blog regularly updated with concise, informative commentaries on the latest developments in international aviation law.
On November 8, the International Aviation Law Institute, in cooperation with the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, convened an experts' Working Group on the next stage of the U.S./EC Air Transport Agreement signed in 2007. The Working Group took place at the historic Newman House in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, where James Joyce received his university education and which is now the ceremonial facility of Joyce's alma mater, University College Dublin. The members of the Working Group included the chief negotiators of the 2007 agreement, as well as over two dozen U.S. and EC leaders from government, industry, and the academy. The agenda was based on Article 21 of the Agreement, which sets forth several topics for consideration in the so-called "Second Stage." Blog readers may be interested in viewing the Draft Briefing Paper presented to the Group by the two host Institutes, and we invite you to submit comments and suggestions on this work-in-progress [Download IALI_USEC_WorkingGroupPaper.pdf]. On the evening before the Working Group session, the leading Irish law firm A & L Goodbody hosted a welcome dinner for the Group participants at the firm's elegant offices in the International Financial Centre on Dublin's riverside quay.
Immediately following the U.S./EC Working Group session, the Institute played a central role in hosting the 19th Annual European Air Law Association (EALA) Conference, which was being held in Dublin for the first time. The Institute's Director, Brian Havel, is an Irish native and a member of the Governing Committee of the EALA. He was responsible for bringing EALA to Ireland's capital. The Conference opened with a gala dinner on November 8 (keynoted by the Irish Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey), and the substantive proceedings followed on November 9. All Conference activities took place in the headquarters building of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, an 18th century jewel now restored to its original glory and revitalized as a modern, high-level conference venue. The Conference featured expert panels on the Cape Town International Registry of Aircraft (which is based in Ireland), aviation safety in the EC, U.S./EC airline liberalization, and recent developments in Community competition law. In addition to Minister Dempsey, major figures from the Irish aviation scene participating in the Conference included Declan Collier, CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority, Dermot Mannion, CEO of Aer Lingus, Alan Dukes, former Irish Minister for Finance and author (with Frederick Sorensen) of the major Irish report on open skies, and Vincent Power, head of the competition law department at A & L Goodbody. Professor Havel moderated the U.S./EC panel, which featured, along with Mr. Dukes, John Byerly, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Transportation Affairs, U.S. Department of State (the chief U.S. negotiator of the 2007 Agreement), Emmanuelle Maire of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Air Transport, Rene Fennes, Head of International Relations for the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Barry Humphreys, Director of External Affairs & Route Development, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Michael Whitaker, Senior Vice President, Alliances, International and Regulatory Affairs, United Airlines. Later postings will include some of the presentations at the Conference.
On the immediate horizon, on November 28 Professor Havel will be making a presentation on emission trading schemes (ETSs) in aviation and their implication for the operation of airports, at a conference at Schiphol Airport celebrating the airport's 90th anniversary. The conference will be hosted by our partners, the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University. Following that, he will address U.S./EC air transport issues, especially with respect to the forthcoming second stage, at the Institute of Economic Affairs' "Future of Air Transport" Conference in London on December 3, and at the 4th Annual Managing Airline Costs Conference in Zurich on December 5. Future postings will include the Institute's presentations at these and other events at which Institute representatives have participated this fall.