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Israel: to sign or not to sign an aviation “open skies” agreement with EU


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz Monday directed Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority not to sign an “open skies” aviation agreement with the European Union. Katz wants his office to examine what effect the agreement would have on Israel’s airlines.

Talks on an “open skies” framework, which would replace a number of bilateral aviation agreements with European countries with a single Israel-EU agreement, have been ongoing for several years, but a deal between the sides has proven elusive. [more]

Event: McGill Graduate Law Conference

The McGill Graduate Law Conference will be held on May 1-2, 2012 at the University of McGill in Montreal. One of the Topics to be addressed is ” New frontiers in air and space law”:

CFP – McGill Annual Graduate Law Conference


The Graduate Law Programme at McGill University’s Faculty of Law is pleased to host its Annual McGill Graduate Law Conference. We invite abstracts for presentations at the conference, to be held at the Faculty of Law at McGill’s downtown Montreal campus, May 1st and 2nd 2012.

*** Submission Deadline: 9am, Friday, 16 March 2012***

This year’s conference, “Emerging Legal Issues of the 21st Century”, seeks to bring together academics and students from a variety of areas of law, to discuss three current issues impacting on the law:

• Business law in a pluralistic society

• Amelioration of the law through interdisciplinarity?

• New frontiers in air and space law

The McGill Graduate Law Conference will be made up of three sessions, on the topics enunciated above. “Business law in a pluralistic society” seeks to address the emerging issues faced by corporations working across both common and civil law systems. “Amelioration of the law through interdisciplinarity” will explore how other disciplines are informing the law and how, or whether, the law is responding. “New frontiers in air and space law” will address how air and space lawyers will deal with issues such as increased privatization of air and space, increased security threats or the environmental impacts of air and space travel.

We extend an invitation to graduate law students from around Canada and the United States of America to apply. Both doctoral and masters’ students are encouraged to submit proposals, as this is a graduate student conference. By bringing together students, researchers and academics, we hope to engender strong discussion leading to new understandings about the emerging issues impacting our work.

We seek individual proposals for paper presentations – please see below for the required contents of submissions. We will primarily use a panel format for our sessions, with brief presentations followed by a Q&A discussion. Individual papers will be grouped in topical panels, as set out above. We are only seeking proposals on the topics of the panels. Projectors and Power-point equipped PC and/or Mac laptops will be available for all sessions.

Individual Paper Proposals:
* Title of paper
* Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and title
* Mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number
* An abstract of 150-200 words
* Three keyword descriptors

You will be advised if your paper has been accepted by 16 March 2012.

India contemplates law to fight EU carbon tax

Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The government is mulling a law to banIndian airlines from participating in the European Union’s stringent carbon tax scheme.

India is considering its first retaliatory steps in the wake of 26 key nations’ decision – including Russia and China -during a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday to confront the EU for unilaterally imposing carbon taxes on all flights landing or flying out of the eurozone. [Full story]

Alaska lawmakers consider bill on TSA pat-downs

Source: Associated Press/Washington Post

JUNEAU, Alaska — Airport security around the state could be affected by proposals up for consideration before Alaska lawmakers.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss HB270, a bill that would require signs warning of physical searches and electronic devices that use radiation outside Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in airports and anywhere else similar procedures are used. [more]

Russia, Nations Agree on Retaliation to EU Airline CO2 Trade

Source: Bloomberg

Russia is considering limits on European flights over Siberia as countries approve possible retaliatory measures against the European Union’s move to force airlines to pay for carbon emissions.

Officials from 29 nations signed a declaration in protest against the EU law, Russia’s Deputy Transportation Minister Valery Okulov said today in Moscow during a two-day meeting of the opponents. The countries agreed on steps they may choose to take to protest the EU measures that came into effect this year. [more]

ICAO Air Transport Symposium

The ICAO Air Transport Symposium will be held on April 18-20 at ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada:

This unique event will offer participants the benefit of dynamic interactions among participants, including regulators, industry leaders, researchers and other air transport specialists. It will provide stimulating exchanges on topical issues and future strategies of the industry in an action-oriented setting, with the aim of arriving at a broad-based consensus on how to address the challenges facing the air transport industry.

Among the fundamental themes of concern to global aviation the following will be addressed:

The current state of the air transport industry;
Long-term outlook;
Air transport regulatory issues:
Market access;
Air carrier ownership/control; and
Strategies and the way forward.

This symposium is a “must attend” for professionals from airlines, airports, air navigation services providers as well as personnel from organizations directly involved in supporting the aviation business such as manufacturers, law and consulting firms, civil aviation authorities and international and regional organizations. In addition, this event will be appealing to general participants who have the drive and commitment to embrace creative solutions to the challenges facing air transport.

US: Noisier jets to be phased out

Source: The Aspen Times

ASPEN — Legislation signed into law last week not only authorized funding for operation of the Federal Aviation Administration but also enacted a provision to phase out older, noisy private jets — something airport officials in Aspen and elsewhere have long advocated.

The Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 prohibits, starting in 2016, the use of jets that were exempted from a law Congress passed more than 20 years ago. They are jets that weigh 75,000 pounds or less and do not comply with quieter Stage 3 noise levels. [more]

UAE: RAK Ruler issues law regulating Department of Civil Aviation

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ras al-Khaimah, Feb 15th, 2012 (WAM)–H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras al-Khaimah has issued law No. 1 of year 2012, on regulating the Department of Civil Aviation in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.

According to the new law, the Department of Civil Aviation in RAK will be administratively independent corporate body with independent budget to ensure achievement of its purposes.

The Department will represent the emirate in the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other relevant competent Civil Aviation authorities.  [more]

India: Air India loses exclusive rights on bilateral traffic

Source: The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry on Tuesday allowed all domestic carriers to use bilateral air traffic rights to fly to foreign countries, bringing cheer to private operators hurt by months of policy paralysis. Domestic private airlines had been demanding permission to fly overseas routes, which under the existing policy were first offered to Air India. [more]