9 Monday 09 July HQ Lecture

Is it All Just Politics?: The ETS Controversy, the Rise of Unilateralism, and the Future of International Aviation Law

Since its inception and by its very nature, international aviation has relied on a spirit of cooperation and comity to succeed. But there has always been tension between the unilateralist inclinations of States burdened by domestic responsibilities, and the multilateral regime necessary to a functional international aviation system. The controversy surrounding the EU’s extension of its Emissions Trading Scheme to foreign carriers has exposed that tension in vivid terms.

Professor Brian F. Havel will discuss how, ironically in an era of increased airline liberalization, the legal agreements, informal standards, and international bodies that coordinate transnational activity in the aviation sector may be inadequate for a world with many more influential State and industry players and increasingly unilateral priorities for aviation policy. Will the current international aviation law regime fail? Will its apparent stability be revealed as an illusion propped up by the previously unchallenged dominance of a few major aviation powers? How serious is the threat posed by the new unilateralism? Will the need for cooperation still transcend all of the emerging differences and conflicting priorities? Professor Havel will try to provide the answers.

All RAeS Lectures are free to attend and we welcome both Members and Non Members. Please note that this lecture precedes the 'Air Law Summer Reception' which is a paid for event. If you wish to attend the lecture and Air Law Summer Reception please register for this event on the 'Air Law Summer Reception' page.

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Brian F. Havel is Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Director of the International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. From 2011 to 2013, he is the Keeley Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Wadham College. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Aviation, Travel, and Tourism Council, the Board of the European Air Law Association, and the External Advisory Board of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University. He is on the editorial board of Kluwer’s Air and Space Law and is editor in chief of Issues in Aviation Law and Policy. Publications include Beyond Open Skies (Kluwer 2009), "The Emerging Lex Aviatica" (Georgetown Journal of International Law 2011), and "Restoring Global Aviation’s ‘Cosmopolitan Mentalité’" (Boston University International Law Journal 2011). He holds LL.M. degrees from University College Dublin and Columbia University, and a J.S.D. from Columbia. In 2007/2008, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism at McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law.


Event venue:
Royal Aeronautical Society

No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ


When:Monday, 09 July 2012 18:00 - 19:00

Type:HQ Lecture

Specialist Grp:Air Law

Speaker(s):Professor Brian F Havel

Location:Royal Aeronautical Society view map

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