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McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law gets new head

Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 2:48 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Brian Havel is fulfilling an appointment initially announced in Dec. 2016 and has begun serving as director of McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law (IASL).

Brian Havel

Brian Havel

Havel, who has also joined the university's faculty of law, is looking forward to celebrating an upcoming milestone with the institute.

“The IASL is remarkably enduring for an academic institute, a testament to the outstanding teaching and scholarship for which it is recognized worldwide,” he said. “The next five years will be key years of shaping the Institute for its 70th anniversary, coinciding with the bicentennial of McGill University itself. We hope to make our 70th birthday year the institute’s most successful ever,” he added.

Havel has taught international aviation law, international trade law, and the law of the European Union. At McGill, he will be teaching graduate courses in air law and supervising graduate student research in the institute’s master’s and doctoral degree programs. Additionally, Havel will offer undergraduate courses outside the IASL, beginning with an international trade law course this winter.

Before joining McGill, Havel was a distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where he directed the international and comparative law program and the International Aviation Law Institute.

Havel also practised transnational corporate and antitrust litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York.

"The IASL has earned a world-wide reputation in the field,” said faculty of law dean Robert Leckey. “I am confident that Professor Havel brings the talent, energy, and vision to steer its continued flourishing.”