(Please note, this matter is not currently being litigated in Australia)The American Bar Association (ABA) Forum Committee on Air and Space Law will hold its annual meeting and conference in Montreal from 18-19 September 2014. The Shine Lawyers Aviation Department has been asked to sit on an expert panel to discuss interpretations of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions – the international treaties that govern airline liability for air crash disasters causing death and injury to passengers.
The conference consists of a series of expert panels that provide an overview and updates concerning matters of importance to the aviation and aerospace industries. Some of the panel topics include consumer rights, labour law, international air traffic rights and global competition law issues.
The panel will also feature plaintiff and defendant practitioners from the US, Sweden and Canada and will cover the litigation of foreign air crashes in US jurisdictions and broader questions as to whether the Conventions satisfy the objective of unifying aviation liability rules and damages for emotional distress.
Discussion around these questions has never been more timely in the wake of the tragic airline disasters of 2014 – given the potential legal issues many passengers face in the absence of answers surrounding what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370; and the uncertainty of recovering compensation from those who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Further details about the conference can be found here.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: August 5, 2014.