Sarin & Co., a leading Indian law firm with a strong speciality in the field of Aircraft Finance & Leasing Law, established this Essay Contest in 2020, with the main objective of promoting the subject of Aircraft Finance & Leasing Law and encouraging student authors to think creatively and beyond the established rules and principles of law, thereby adding a future-leaning dimension and innovative approach to this ever-evolving field of law. Sarin & Co. partnered with McGill University’s Institute of Air & Space Law (the “IASL”) to organise this pioneering event.

After the resounding success of the first edition of the Essay Contest in 2020, Sarin & Co. and the IASL are delighted to announce the Topic for this year’s contest.

Essay Topic:

“Liability of Aircraft Lessors and Financiers under Private International Air Law”

With more than half of commercial aircraft now on lease, and many of the reminder subject to financing, what are, or should be, what should the liability of a lessor or financier be for damage in the air or on the ground caused by an aircraft leased or financed by it to the operator? What steps have been, or could be taken, in this regard, and should there be an integrated approach for damage in the air or on the ground, or should they be distinguished?

Eligibility

Any student of law, enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programme in any law school or legal professional training school worldwide, at the time of submission of the entry, shall be considered eligible.

Official Information:

https://sarinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Constitution-of-the-Sarin-McGill-Annual-Student-Essay-Contest-on-Aircraft-Finance-Leasing-2021-FINAL.pdf

Prizes

  1. One (1) author shall be adjudged as the winner of the Sarin – McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing for a particular calendar year.
  2. The winner shall receive a return air ticket (economy class) by Sarin & Co. from his/her country of residence to visit the IASL for a specially organised tour of the IASL and of McGill University.
  3. The winner shall be provided by the IASL with accommodation for two nights along with meals.
  4. The winning essay shall be published in the official academic journal of the IASL, the Annals of Air and Space Law, as well as on the Sarin & Co. website. The winning essay shall contain the title, “Winner of the Sarin – McGill Annual Student Essay Contest on Aircraft Finance & Leasing 2021”.
  5. Where a student of McGill University is adjudged as the winner, he/she shall receive a return air ticket (economy class) by Sarin & Co. from his/her country of residence to visit Sarin & Co. in Chandigarh, India for a specially organised tour of the city of Chandigarh (in such a scenario, Sarin & Co. shall provide the two nights’ accommodation and meals).
  6. The winner of the 2021 contest shall be announced on 1 January 2022. The name of the winner, along with the name of the winner’s law school, shall be displayed on the websites of both Sarin & Co. and the IASL, as well as on their respective social media platforms.
  7. The winner will also receive a complimentary copy of the volume of the Annals of Air and Space Law in which the winning essay is published.

How to Register?

The Constitution of the Essay Contest and Registration Form are available on these links.

The registration form must be signed by the prospective author and a .pdf of the signed form must be submitted to sarin-mcgill[at]sarinlaw.com along with a scanned copy of the author’s current student identity card to establish his/her institutional affiliation and credentials.

The final date for submission of the registration form (along with the student identity card) shall be 30th June 2021.

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