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.
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