Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne, Senior Associate, Air Law and Policy at Aviation Strategies International, Publishes New Book on Competition and Investment in Air Transport

Montréal, January 19, 2016 – Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne, Senior Associate, Air Law and Policy at Aviation Strategies International (ASI), recently published a new book entitled Competition and Investment in Air Transport: Legal and Economic Issues.

Competition and InvestmentDr. Abeyratne’s book addresses emergent legal and economic issues pertaining to competition and investment in air transport against the backdrop of the role governments and airlines should play in avoiding protectionism and encouraging innovation and creativity. The book evaluates current trends in air transport and the direction the industry is taking in the 21st century, discussing key aspects such as assurance of safety and environmental protection.

A recurring theme of the book is the influence on air transport of creative destruction and disruptive innovation. This theme is addressed through an in-depth study of the contentious areas relating to abuse of dominant position and State aid, as reflected in the ongoing claim by major American carriers that some Gulf carriers are using generous government subsidies to illegally capture the American market.

An excerpt from Competition and Investment in Air Transport is available here.

Dr. Abeyratne has worked in the field of aviation law and management for over thirty years. He recently retired from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) where he held the position of Senior Legal Officer in the Organization’s Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Civil Laws (DCL) from McGill University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Colombo, Master of Laws (LL.M) from Monash University, and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Colombo.

Dr. Abeyratne has published over 30 books and 400 leading journal articles on international law and air law. His professional reputation rests largely on work in aerospace law, diplomacy and economics. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Currently, he is also Visiting Professor of Air Law and Policy at McGill University.

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