To honour the sad passing of Harold Caplan, the founder member of the Air Law Group, there will be a memorial lecture on 28th September 2017 and will be followed by a networking reception.
All RAeS Lectures are free to attend and we welcome both Members and Non Members.
Currently Lorne is Executive Partner and Head of the European Office of Nexxt Steps International Consulting in Frankfurt, Germany focusing on the transport, energy and environment sectors.
Following nine years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at IATA in Montreal and Geneva, he was Senior International Adviser to Beaumont & Son – later Consultant at Clyde and Co - in London and New York until March 2014.
Educated at McGill University in Montreal, the University of London, England, The Hague Academy of International Law and Harvard University, he also holds a Certificate in Offshore Drilling & Mining Law from MIT.
Lorne was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and then spent 28 years in the Canadian Diplomatic Service: Head of the Air Law Section and later Director of the Legal Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, Alternate Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council in Montreal and Representative on the ICAO Legal Committee, Senior Counselor at the Embassy in Washington DC, Minister-Counsellor in Spain, Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice President of the UNEP Governing Council in Nairobi and Canadian Delegate to the UN General Assembly, the UN Law of the Sea Conference and to numerous other international organizations and Conferences.
Following his diplomatic career, he was a Partner in Environmental Associates in Brussels, where he also served as a Director of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
At IATA Lorne restructured the Legal Departments in Montreal and Geneva and spearheaded the reform and modernization of the Warsaw Convention liability system. He headed the IATA Delegation to and playing a major role at the 1991 Montreal Convention Diplomatic Conference and was instrumental in drafting and securing the adoption of the 2001 Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol
On leaving IATA, Lorne moved to Cape Town, where he was Special Counsel to the Board of South African Airways and Transnet South Africa. He then relocated to Princeton, NJ in 2005 where he worked with a startup airline and helped established Nexxt Steps International Consulting, moving to Germany in 2013 as Head of Nexxt Step’s European Office.
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