The airways vow commitment to education by strategic collaboration with McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law
Qatar Airways looks forward to joining hands with McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law, the world’s leading institution for innovative research and education in air and space law.
The inaugural Qatar Airways/McGill Air Law Moot Court Competition and the Qatar Airways/McGill Rising Scholars in Air and Space Law Conference were held in Montreal, Canada on March 22-23. The event welcomed numerous government officials, aviation and space industry professionals, scholars and graduate students from more than 20 countries. The 2019 Moot Court Competition was based on a case before the International Court of Justice that mainly focused on drone interference with operations at an international airport. The involved parties were to present and submit arguments on whether revocation of traffic rights is a justified action in international aviation.
During the conference, the participants proposed their research on various emerging topics, including the legal and regulatory regime for autonomous flying taxis in urban centres. Prizes were distributed on the following basis: best overall presentation, best air law presentation, best space law presentation, most innovative research and a special ‘spirit of the conference’ award.
The event further featured the significance of the 2019 Doha Declaration- a manifesto for a serious review of the existing aviation regulatory framework. The Declaration takes place 75 years after the momentous Chicago Convention, which inaugurated the International Civil Aviation Organisation as well as a set of rules regarding airspace, air safety and air travel.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is extremely proud of our new strategic collaboration with the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, which is renowned for developing aviation professionals that hold some of the two highest positions in international organisations, governments, airlines, and law firms around the world.”
The Director of McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law, Dr. Brian F. Havel, said: “The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law is proud to enter this ground-breaking educational collaboration with Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading air carriers. Our first priority as an Institute is the professional development of our highly accomplished students, and Qatar Airways’ support enables us to offer exciting new programmes that nurture and showcase our students as future leaders of the global civil aviation community.”