National Seminar on Recent Trends in Aviation Law
Organised by: ITMU School of Law
Aviation Industry in India is one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world. With the liberalization of the Indian aviation sector, aviation industry in India has undergone a rapid transformation. From being primarily a government-owned industry, the Indian aviation industry is now dominated by privately owned full service airlines and low cost carrier.
At present, private airlines account for around 75% portion of the domestic aviation market. The open sky policy of the government has helped a lot of overseas players entering the aviation market in India. Earlier air travel was a privilege only a few could afford, but today air travel has become much cheaper and can be afforded by a large number of people.
The 9th largest aviation market in the world is India with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent. However, the Indian Aviation Industry is still in a very nascent stage. India’s air passenger per capita at 0.09 is still abysmally low as compared to 0.30 in China, 5.63 in Australia and 4.69 in US.
The Indian government is readying to bring in a new comprehensive law that will help ease investment flows into India’s ailing civil aviation sector. The law will also protect the interests of passengers and ensure safety. The New Civil Aviation Act, 2012 will replace the Aircraft Act of 1934, which does not cover issues such as viability and security, and has been severely criticized in safety audits conducted by global aviation bodies.
The government wants to ensure that prospective investors are not put off by the archaic law that has undergone numerous incremental amendments over the past 78 years.
The new law will provide for a new regulator being created to replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The DGCA’s structure, mandated by the 1934 law, has been slammed in safety audits conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the Federal Aviation Administration of the US.
The ministry is also in the process of setting-up a new Civil Aviation Authority of India, which will operate through collective decision-making of a board.
While India is expected to cater to about 180 million passengers by 2015, the law governing the sector focuses primarily on aircraft manufacturing and operations. “Changing the FDI norms in aviation will enable airlines to consider the Indian market. However, to convert intent to investments, they still need to be convinced of a stable policy regime with rules and regulations that are relevant to global market realities.”
The ministry is keen that the new law should reflect international best practices, as the present law covers only a part of the modern civil aviation system. “Even senior advocates defending the government in myriad court cases have held that civil aviation in the country continues to be regulated by antiquated laws.”
“The major concern today is of regulating safety, efficiency and viability in all aspects of aviation, with provisions to include areas like passenger protection and air navigation services.” Experts opine that having a 1934 law to govern an industry in 2012 is depressing and welcome the creation of a new law rather than piecemeal amendments to the existing one. There are many complex issues arising out of the rapid transformation of the aviation sector in India.
ITMU Law School, one of the very few law schools intending to specialize in this branch of law has planned to organize a national seminar on “Recent Trends in Aviation Law” on 13th of April 2013.
ITMU Law School has the unique advantage of having the blessings of very eminent stalwarts in aviation sector and they have kindly consented to express their views and deliberate on the issue at the National Seminar.
We solicit your kind participation in the Seminar to contribute to the intellectual deliberations at the National Seminar.
Theme of the Conference:
The seminar would focus on a range of subjects related with “Recent Trends in Aviation Law”.
Main Theme: Recent Trends in Aviation Law
- The New Civil Aviation Act, 2012
- Shrinking profitability of airlines
- The new Ground Handling policy
- High Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices
- High airport charges
- Shortage of technical manpower
- Safety and security
- Land acquisition
- Closure of old airports
- The State of Airlines
- Developments Relating to Regulatory Authorities (such as DGCA, IAAI, Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA).
Call for Papers:
Research paper invited from Scholars, Researchers and Practitioners, Academicians and Students on issues related to above theme. Author of selected paper will be given an opportunity to present their paper in seminar.
Guideline for Submission of Papers:
Full Length Paper should not exceed 5 pages. It must be typed in Times New Roman Font, Size 12 on A4 paper with 1” margin on all sides with single line spacing using MS Word. Blue Book style of referencing and footnote will be appreciated.
An abstract of 250-300 words and, a brief profile of the author indicating his/her designation, email ID, contact number and address shall be send to the organizing secretary on or before 25th March 2013 and the full paper shall be submitted on or before 5th April, 2013.
- Deadline of Abstract Submission : 25th March, 2013
- Notification of Acceptance : 27th March, 2013
- Deadline of Full Paper Submission : 5th April, 2013
- Conference Date : 27th April 2013 [UPDATED]
After accptance of the abstract, the full paper should also be submitted on the same email-ids.
Registration Fees: Rs. 500 for Students, Rs.700 for others to be paid on the day of seminar. All the participants will be provided with certificate of participation.
About the Organizers:
ITM Law School was established in the year 2010 to provide highest quality professional legal education to face the new challenges and dimensions of the internationalization of legal profession.
For Further Information, please contact:
Sector 23 A, Gurgoan- 122017, Tel: 91-124-2365811 to 12
Dr. Rahul J Nikam (Asst. Professor of Law), Organizing Secretary
National Seminar on Recent Trends in Aviation Law