It gives us immense pleasure in informing you that the Gujarat National Law University, in collaboration with the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne, Germany (the oldest Air Institute of the world), is organizing the 3rd edition of the GNLU Air and Space Law Academy (GASLA) from 27th August to 2nd September 2018 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Inspired by the success of the 1st and 2nd edition, the 3rd edition intends to enhance the dissemination of information and attract participation from across the globe.

About the Academy:  The Academy aims to – acquaint participants with various aspects relating to safety and security of aviation and space activities; enhance understanding amongst the participants of the various principles enshrined in the international instruments meant for regulating air and space law; create awareness amongst participants about recent trends in civil aviation and the militarization and commercialization of outer space; enable the participants to understand the various dispute redressal mechanisms in Air and Space Law and their efficacy; facilitate discourse amongst stakeholders within the industry about practical challenges and the feasibility of implementing regulations and policies in the air space and outer space; familiarize participants with country specific approach with regard to air and space law; and enable participants to appreciate the challenges in developing national aviation and space policy.

Spread over a full week of intensive discussions, lectures etc., the Academy will focus on major themes of contemporary issues in Air and Space Law such as space tourism, space debris, commercial space mining, environmental harm, space exploration, international liability for incidents in space; national space policies; current challenges relating to territorial sovereignty and its extension in air and space; aviation related crimes and aerial terrorism; air accident and incident investigation; regime governing military and civil Airports; case laws on international air law disputes; international financing and leasing in Air and Space Law.

Resource persons for the 3rd edition will be drawn from various aviation and space faring nations of the world including India. The participants will be mainly from Legislative and Regulatory Authorities; Defence Officials; Space Agencies and Organizations; Foreign and Indian Aviation Industry Associations; National Security Authorities; International Organizations; Private and Public Capacity-building Institutions; Faculties; Researchers; and Students from various countries.

Resource Persons:

· Prof. (Dr.) Bimal N. Patel, Director & Professor of Public International Law, Gujarat National Law University, Member, Law Commission of India and Member, National Security Advisory Board

· Dr. Fabio Tronchetti, Zhuoyue Associate Professor/Co-Director Institute of Space Law and Strategy, Beihang University

· Mr. Nitin Sarin, Managing Partner, Sarin & Co.

· Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Partner, Dua Associates.

· Air Marshal R.K. Dhir, PVSM, AVSM, VM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief SWAC, Indian Air Force

· Prof. (Dr.) Sandeepa Bhat, Professor of Law, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

· Prof. (Dr.) Stephan Hobe, Director, Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne

· Dr. V. Gopalakrishnan, Policy Analyst, Indian Space Research Organisation

· Mr. Vikrant Pachnanda, Dispute Resolution Counsel & Aviation Attorney, Supreme Court of India

· Prof. (Dr.) Wian Erlank, Professor, Law Faculty, North-West University, Potchefstroom

· Dr. Divya Tyagi, Assistant Professor of Law, Gujarat National Law University

Invitation: India needs highly trained legal professionals in order to enable her to lead the world towards space exploration and its utilization. Similarly, Aviation industry too demands professionals trained in the nuances of Air Law.  GASLA 2018 offers an invaluable opportunity in this regard since both aviation and space industry are poised to play instrumental role in the march of human civilisation towards prosperity. We look forward to your encouraging participation.

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