Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The International Aviation Law Institute was cited as a contributing partner to the World Economic Forum’s new report, Policies and Collaborative Partnership for Sustainable Aviation (2011) (available here). The report, which developed out of a year-long multistakeholder dialogue among airline industry leaders, government officials, academics, and non-governmental communities on progressive and practical measures to decrease aviation CO2 emissions, is expected to inform the ongoing environmental policy discussions taking place under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Civil Aviation Organization. As part of the partnership, the Institute submitted a detailed white paper discussing the international political and legal challenges to reducing aviation emissions through so-called “Market Based Measures” such as taxes or cap-and-trade systems.
The Institute's Director, Professor Brian Havel, along with IALI's FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow, Gabriel Sanchez, are currently finishing a new law review article which expands on the Institute’s contribution to the WEF report by addressing, inter alia, the possibility of forging a global agreement to offset civil aviation’s carbon footprint while remaining sensitive to the ongoing problems associated with fragmentation in the international legal system.