Trans-Pacific Aviation Law and Policy Conference

08-09 October 2015


The two-day program consisted of eight diverse Davos-style discussions covering a range of topics including the liberalization of air services agreements, airports and trans-Pacific connectivity, aircraft finance, transnational business models, environmental externalities and emissions, security, safety, liability and insurance, and the future of trans-Pacific aviation. The Law Society of British Columbia and the Washington State Bar Association accredited the conference with 12.5 continuing legal education (CLE/CPD) credits, including two ethics credits.

The conference began with a warm welcome from the Conference Chair, Victor V Ramraj, the CAPI Law Chair and Professor of Law at UVic, and Gerry Bruno, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for YVR, the conference’s leading sponsor. A dynamic keynote panel, featuring aviation law professors Brian Havel (DePaul University College of Law, Chicago) Alan K.J. Tan (NUS Law School, Singapore), and moderated by David Timothy Duval (University of Winnipeg/ Manitoba), followed, which provided perspectives on the implications of anticipated air services agreements, mobility and changing legal and regulatory contexts within the Asia-Pacific region.

The morning sessions were followed by an insightful keynote address from Jeffrey Goh, the Chief Operating Officer of Star Alliance, exploring the future of the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region given emerging economies and the proliferation of air services agreements.

Panelists debated emerging issues such as the implications of transit zones and transit visa policies; technology and information sharing related to aircraft insurance; safety and security; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures relationships with alliances and global networks; anticipated open skies and bi-lateral air services agreements; the future role of low-cost carriers on trans- Pacific routes; and emerging technologies, changing our current understandings of air and space law.

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