Ninth Annual McGill/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Law & Insurance

We are pleased to announce that Joseph Wheeler will speak at the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)/McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law Ninth Annual Conference on International Aviation Law and Insurance conference, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20 May 2016. The event, which will take place at Edinburgh’s Festival Centre, Castlehill, will bring together world leading aviation liability and insurance experts to address recent developments, comparative jurisprudence under the Warsaw system and Montréal Convention of 1999, jurisdiction and forum non conveniens, the liability of airlines, airports, lessors, manufacturers, maintenance providers, air navigation service providers, and challenges to […]

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Now writing on aerolegal affairs in The Australian

Aviation is the most regulated industry in the world – aero legal and aero political developments worldwide often significantly impact the industry regionally, as well as locally. We are pleased to announce that the Principal of IALPG, Joseph Wheeler, will write a fortnightly column which addresses the consequences that topical aerospace law and policy issues have for the industry, its employees and the travelling public. This platform provides regular and valuable opportunities for both widely known, as well as significant though lesser known developments, to be brought into the public sphere, in order to influence policy decisions, and remind the travelling public of the […]

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Australia & New Zealand Air Law Moot (ANZALM)

Planning and organisation of the third annual Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot court competition (ANZALM) is well underway! Co-conveners Joseph Wheeler (Principal of IALPG) and Charles Giacco (Student Co-ordinator of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand) are proud to announce that the competition will be held in late 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, and will be hosted by the University of Auckland, the 2015 winners of the competition. Watch this space for more information and details. LATEST INFORMATION UPDATE 17 March 2016:  We are pleased to announce that in 2016 the ANZALM will work with […]

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Asia Pacific Aviation Liability

This inaugural event, jointly organised by IALPG and Aeropodium and hosted by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Sydney, provided a forum for the exchange of ideas, analysis of novel issues going forward, and for all attendees to get an appreciation of how and why aviation liability in respect of particularly recreational remotely piloted aircraft, is something that requires both policymaker, and community attention in Australia and further afield through Asia Pacific. The myriad issues which emerge given the easy misuse and dangerous applications of remotely piloted aircraft are readily moderated by the fact that Australian safety regulators, and now more recently, […]

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Singapore, US strengthen aviation safety

A milestone was marked on 16 February 2016 with the conclusion of the Singapore and US Maintenance Implementation Procedures Agreement (MIPA). The MIPA, signed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), was concluded under the broader authority of the US-Singapore Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (2004). Two agreements have been concluded under the broader BASA. The first was the Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness Agreement (IPAA).  The IPAA provided for reciprocal acceptance of the airworthiness of civil aeronautical products. It was enhanced in September 2007 to include US acceptance of Singaporean Supplemental Type Certificates for […]

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Second Australia & New Zealand Air Law Moot, Brisbane Qld

This second edition of Australasia’s first and only air law moot court competition open to all Australian and New Zealand universities, took place on September 28 and 29 in Brisbane, hosted by the University of Queensland.  The event, which commenced in 2014 by co-conveners Charles Giacco and Joseph Wheeler, was an immense success and none more so than for the winning team, the University of Auckland, who impressed the Grand Final Bench consisting of Judge Rangiah of the Federal Court of Australia, Gerard Mullins (barrister), and Joseph Wheeler.  The Auckland team was very evenly matched with their grand final adversaries, […]

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Conferences, workshops and other activities

IALPG in conjunction with Aeropodium are proud to present “Asia Pacific Aviation Liability”, which is the first event focusing on Asia Pacific air carrier liability issues where it intersects with the burgeoning field of drone activity (commercial and private).  It will be held in Sydney on 23 February 2016 immediately following the Singapore Airshow. Details will be published here and on the conference web page. Those interested in sponsoring or presenting as speakers should contact us to avoid missing out, as limited places are available in what will be a packed international program. Contact us for information about sponsorship and […]

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Other recent media engagements

Numerous Australian and international media speaking engagements (TV, radio, print and online) in relation to the Malaysia Airlines MH370, MH17, and Air Asia QZ8501 air disaster cases plus other cases and aviation issues.   Appearances have included live interviews on Australian and international TV, and comment in various media: Reuters online interview regarding MH370  (31 July 2015) BBC World News live TV (Asia Business Report, 22 July 2014) Bloomberg live TV (26 March, 2014, Bloomberg Malaysia TV 30 January 2015, Bloomberg Malaysia TV 17 July 2015) ABC News 24 live TV, News 24 Breakfast, Four Corners (March 2014, 31 December […]

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Recent News & Articles

Comment is available on aviation news, events, and rules See Dutch Safety Board animation/video on the final investigation report of MH17 7 August 2015: Read Wall St Journal interview featuring Joseph Wheeler about insurance implications of further MH370 debris being found   17 July 2015: Bloomberg TV Malaysia interview with Joseph Wheeler coinciding with the anniversary of the downing of MH17  

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MH17 Annex 13 report released by Dutch Safety Board

13 October 2015: MH17 Annex 13 report released by Dutch Safety Board If anyone had any doubt that this much anticipated report would serve as a quasi-criminal dossier then the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) made it abundantly clear that it would not be, starting with the title it gave the MH17 report: “MH17 Crash”. There could be no doubt that this was an air safety investigation report with this controversial and somewhat offensive, in my view, characterisation of the events which unfolded over Ukraine on 17 July 2014. In short, the report of 13 October 2015 is concerned with why […]

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