How International Aviation Law and the Formation of the Icao Changed the World

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How International Aviation Law and the Formation of the ICAO Changed the World Michael Jean Dr. Wayne McCain Aviation Law Aviation law helped form a foundation for international commerce law, and create a platform for diplomacy between countries who would not normally be peaceful allies. During WWI, aircraft played a large role in combat for the first time in history. When the war ended, it was realized that air travel would challenge the traditional ideas of borders. A need to develop public aviation law was born with the notion that a nation must have laws and rules protecting it's sovereign airspace in addition to its land borders. Aviation law was founded and formed by a series of conventions that led to the birth of the Civil Aviation Organization. These new laws formed what would become our modern sytem of air travel. Aviation law also played an integral part in fostering in an era of booming international trade and commerce. Aviation law helped lay a foundation of rules that made it easier for countries to establish relationships with each other for purposes of diplomacy and trade. The beginning of public international aviation law was brought into being by the Paris Convention of 1919. The Paris Convention marked the first efforts at establishing a rule of law related to sovereignty of airspace, registration of aircraft, standards for pilots, and movement of military aircraft. (Speciale 281) The following principles governed the drafting of the convention: Each nation has absolute sovereignty over the airspace overlying its territories and waters. A nation, therefore, has the right to deny entry and regulate flights (both foreign and domestic) into and through its airspace. Each nation should apply its airspace rules equally to its own and foreign aircraft operating within that airspace, and

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