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IALI prepares for the IATA grand debate

On Friday, February 19, International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) Director Brian F. Havel will join leading air transport consultant Andrew Charlton and senior Jones Day aviation lawyer Rebecca MacPherson in Barcelona, Spain, to propose the motion for the grand debate at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual Legal Symposium:  “That This House Believes There is No Future for National Airspace Sovereignty.”

The grand debate is the highlight of IATA’s Legal Symposium, now in its 19th year and regarded as a leading forum for international aviation law and policy issues. This year’s debate will be chaired by aviation lawyer Richard Gimblett of U.K.-based global law firm Holman Fenwick Willan.

The opposition team consists of Andrew Harakas of London aviation law firm Clyde & Co., Julie Oettinger, Delta Airlines’ managing director for legal and regulatory affairs in Europe and the Middle East, and IALI Foundation board member Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, director of IALI’s sister institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

This is the first time that Professor Havel and Professor Mendes de Leon will face each other publicly on the opposing sides of a major proposition of international aviation law.

o prepare for the grand debate, students in Professor Havel’s Public International Aviation Law class (which he co-teaches with IALI FedEx/United Research Fellow John Q. Mulligan) will have the opportunity to hear Professor Havel’s argument and to respond, in traditional Oxford debating style, with objections in the form of “points of information.”  Later this month, IALI will report further on the proposing and opposing arguments, and will reveal the outcome of the symposium audience’s vote on the proposition.