Thursday, September 11, 2008
Readers of the Aviation Law Blog may wish to peruse the European Union's Observatory of the Air Transport Market's latest quarterly report, covering April to June 2008. The report offers a concise "snapshot" of regulatory, financial, and traffic data for the European aviation market. Not surprisingly, the report indicates a slowdown in expansion compared to the second quarter of 2006 and 2007. The report further notes operating losses for Air France-KLM, Iberia, and the SAS Group, along with low-cost carriers Air Berlin, SkyEurope, and Vueling.
Previous reports, including comprehensive annual surveys, can be found on the European Commission's website.
Monday, September 8, 2008
With the 2008-09 academic year now underway, the Aviation Law Prof Blog will resume regular postings starting this week. In the meantime, the International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) is pleased to announce a number of exciting ventures.
First and foremost, in August 2008, IALI welcomed Stephen Rudolph, former editor of CCH's Aviation Law Reporter and Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP), as its new Executive Director. Accompanying Mr. Rudolph from CCH are the publication rights for IALP--a looseleaf journal he co-founded in 2001. Beginning this fall, the Institute will begin issuing IALP in a standard academic journal format and at a reduced cost. Institutions and individuals interested in subscribing to the journal are encouraged to contact Mr. Rudolph by telephone at 312-362-5769 or via e-mail.
Second, as previously announced on the blog, DePaul University College of Law will launch a new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law starting in January 2009. The LL.M. program allows students to concentrate in one of three key areas of global practice: International Human Rights Law & Policy and Criminal Justice; International Business, Commercial & Trade Law; and International Aviation Law & Policy. A full brochure for the program is available online here. Those with further questions about the aviation concentration are encouraged to contact Gabriel Sanchez, the Institute's FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow, at 312-362-7315 or by e-mail.
Last, but not least, IALI is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Prof. Brian Havel's Beyond Open Skies by Kluwer Law International. Beyond Open Skies continues the pursuit of the topic considered in Prof. Havel's 1997 aviation opus, In Search of Open Skies: the contours of a legal regime that should govern international scheduled air passenger (and relatedly, air cargo) transport for decades ahead. In addition to analyzing the substantial political, legal, and economic events which have impacted and shaped international aviation from the historic 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation through the 2007 U.S./EC Air Transport Agreement, Beyond Open Skies offers a radical six-part proposal for a next-generation plurilateral air transport treaty that joins the airspace of the United States and European Union in a transcontinental zone of free and fair competition while remaining open to aviation powers which subscribe to its "highest common denominator" pitch of liberalization.