Thursday, January 29, 2009
After an extended winter break, the Aviation Law Professors' blog is back. We are pleased to report that Professor Brian Havel's new book, Beyond Open Skies: A New Regime for International Aviation, is in the final prepublication stage and will be available from Wolters Kluwer by March of this year. As mentioned previously on this blog, Beyond Open Skies continues the pursuit of the topic considered in Prof. Havel's 1997 aviation law treatise, In Search of Open Skies: the contours of a legal regime that should govern international scheduled air passenger (and relatedly, air cargo) transport for the 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.
Prof. Havel will also be speaking at the International Air Transport Association's Legal Symposium 2009, entitled Fasten Your Seatbelts: Practicing Aviation Law in Turbulent Times. The Symposium, which will be held at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand from February 8-10, brings together aviation in-house counsel, private practitioners, government attorneys, and legal academics to address current issues facing the airline industry. Prof. Havel will speak twice at the Symposium: first, as a member of the Competition Panel discussing regulatory issues relating to industry consolidation, alliances, and "Open Skies" arrangements; and second, to give the Keynote Address during the Symposium luncheon. Those interested can find more information on the Symposium, including a fully updated programme, on the IATA website.
The International Aviation Law Institute is also hard at work preparing the second issue of Volume 8 of Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP). Acquired last year from CCH/Wolters Kluwer, which had published the journal since April 2001, IALP presents articles and commentaries by leading policymakers, officials, analysts, academics, and industry leaders who have the experience and expertise to brief readers on the challenges confronting global civil aviation today and in the future. Those interested in subscribing to IALP are encouraged to contact Stephen Rudolph, the Institute's Executive Director, at 312-362-5769 or by e-mail. A comprehensive two-volume archive of the first seven years of IALP is also available. Contact Mr. Rudolph for further details.