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2019 Shanghai International Aviation Law Forum successfully held

On October 22, the "2019 Shanghai International Aviation Law Forum" was held in Hongqiao Airport Economic Park, Changning District, Shanghai. The forum was co-sponsored by the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center, “SHIAC”) and East China University of Political Science and Law (“ECUPL”), co-organized by Shanghai International Aviation Court of Arbitration and International Law School of ECUPL. The forum was also highly supported by Aviation Law Research Association of Shanghai Law Society, Shanghai General Aviation Industry Association and  International Research Center for Aviation Law and Space Law of Leiden University (IIASL). More than 130 experts, scholars and industry professionals from France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and China attended the conference.

 

(Professor Chen Jingying, Vice President of East China University of Political Science and Law served as moderator)

 

(Professor Ye Qing, President of East China University of Political Science and Law delivered the welcome address)

 

(Mr. Shi Weidong, Executive Vice President of Shanghai Law Society delivered the welcome address)

 

(Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, Director of International Research Center for Aviation Law and Space Law of Leiden University delivered the welcome address) 

The opening ceremony was moderated by Professor Chen Jingying, Vice President of ECUPL. Professor Ye Qing, President of ECUPL, Mr. Yang Jianrong, Chairman of Shanghai International Trade Promotion Committee and SHIAC, Mr. Shi Weidong, Executive Vice President of Shanghai Law Society, Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, Chairman of European Air Law Association (EALA) and Director of the IIASL, delivered the welcome speeches respectively.

 

(Mr. Yang Jianrong, Chairman of Shanghai International Trade Promotion Committee and SHIAC)

Chairman Yang Jianrong pointed out that the steady growth of China's aviation market has played a constructive role in promoting the sustainable development of international civil aviation in recent years. The Shanghai International Aviation Court of Arbitration, established by the SHIAC, provides powerful support for Shanghai to build an international shipping center with professional and international commercial arbitration services. The cutting-edge topics covered in this forum will provide a more complete and feasible legal framework and advanced ideas for the long-term and healthy development of the aviation industry, and provide intellectual support for Shanghai's continuing promotion of the construction of "five centers."

 The forum has four sessions, which are " Diversified Dispute Resolution in Aviation sector", "75 years of the Chicago Convention and New Development of Air Law", "Product Liability, Carrier Liability and Passengers Rights" and "Legal Issues Pertaining To General Aviation, UAS and Artificial Intelligence  ".

 

The "Diversified Dispute Resolution in Aviation sector" session was moderated by Dr. Guo Junxiu, General Counsel of China Eastern Airlines Group Co., Ltd. and Chairman of the  Aviation Law Institute of the Chinese Law Society. Mr. Nie Ying, Executive Director of the Aviation Law Institute of the Chinese Law Society, believes that the adoption of arbitration to resolve disputes in aviation industry can promote the efficient settlement of disputes under the principle of res judicata. Professor Mia Wouters from the University of Ghent, Belgium, introduced EU practice in handling consumer disputes in aviation. Mr. Gao Feng, a partner of Grandall Law Firms, gave a speech on "Choice of Emergency Arbitrator for Aviation Arbitration" and pointed out ways to further develop the advantages of aviation arbitration.

 

The session of "75 years of the Chicago Convention and New Development of Air Law" was moderated by Professor Du Tao, Deputy Dean of the School of International Law, ECUPL. Professor Pablo from Leiden University analyzes the achievements and challenges of the Chicago Convention, emphasizing the importance of harmonizing and unifying the aviation legal system through inter-state cooperation in the future. Based on the history of the Chicago Convention, Wang Han, professor of Northwest University of Political Science and Law and Vice President of the Chinese Society of Private International Law, made suggestions on the improvement of China's civil aviation legislation system. Professor Alan Khee-Jin Tan of the National University of Singapore Law School analyzed the legal issues related to the antitrust alliance around the exemptions of the Trans-Pacific Aviation Alliance. Mr. Niall Buissing, academic liaison at the Centre for International Studies in IIASL, introduced the rules of competition in the Chicago Convention and commented on new EU legislation.

 

The session of "Product Liability, Carrier Liability and Passengers Rights" is moderated by Professor Zhu Ziqin from School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Vincent Correia from Université Paris-Saclay and Chair of the European Air Law Association (EALA) Academic Committee discussed the relationship between EU Regulation 261/2004 and the 1999 Montreal Convention from the perspective of EU practice. Associate Professor Yu Dan from the School of International Law of ECUPL shared her thoughts on the protection of Chinese airline passengers' rights and interests. Mr. Mohd Fuad Sharuji, Head of Malaysia Airlines' Post Incident Management Office, shared his practical experience in participating in MH370 accident handling. Mr. Jin Yulai, the managing partner of Shanghai Kairong Law Firm, analyzed the problems existing in the current legal provisions concerning the resolution of air crashes in China.

 

The "Legal Issues Pertaining To General Aviation, UAS and Artificial Intelligence" session is moderated by Dr. Zheng Pai from the School of International Law, ECUPL. Professor Oleg Aksamentov, Director of the Research Center for Aviation Law and Space Law of Russia introduced the current rules and issues concerning general aviation in Russia. Mr. Wu Jianduan, an apart-time professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, discussed the development of information intelligence in the field of civil aviation and proposed several countermeasures on the risks raised by informatization. Mr. Andrea Trimarchi, Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Aviation Law, Space Law and Cyber Law, University of Cologne, Germany, introduced the latest EU legislation on civil unmanned aircraft systems.

 

The closing ceremony was presided by Ms.Wang Weijun, Deputy Secretary-General of the SHIAC. Mr. Li Zhigang, Vice Chairman of SHIAC, Professor Pablo and Professor Li Weifang delivered closing remarks from practical significance and future expectations respectively.

 

(Mr. Li Zhigang, Vice Chairman of SHIAC delivered closing remarks) 

 Mr.Li Zhigang appreciated the forum on its successful holding and looked forward to the bright future of aviation legal development. He said that the forum has received extensive participation and support from professionals from all walks of life in the aviation industry, and has deeply discussed cutting-edge legal issues such as aviation diversified dispute resolution and aviation artificial intelligence. It further sticks together the strength of aviation law colleagues in various countries.

 

Based on a diversified and international perspective, the forum has established an effective communication and cooperation platform for experts and scholars from the civil aviation industry, academia, and legal fields at home and abroad. It also provides positive legal advice and think tank resources to help Shanghai faster build on its advantages to build and develop an international aviation metropolis.

 

 

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