World Legal Symposium (WLS)

Vancouver, Canada
21 - 23 February
The Westin Bayshore Hotel

About the IATA World Legal Symposium

The IATA World Legal Symposium is the world's premier annual aviation law event, with a reputation for insight, relevance and value among in-house counsel, private practitioners and government lawyers alike. The event is well known for its engaging subject matter, outstanding speakers, lively debate and, of course, some of the best networking opportunities you'll find anywhere in the industry.

Why should you attend?

  • Gain valuable insights into latest developments, challenges, trends, and best practices in aviation law.
  •  Engage with industry leaders from across the globe who share their unique expertise and engage in lively debates.
  • Connect with in-house counsel, private practitioners, and government lawyers, fostering collaborations and expanding your network.

Who will you meet?

  • Airlines and airport representatives
  • Academia and government agencies
  • In-house counsel, private practitioners, and government lawyers

Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2024  


Please find more information about the Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Award.


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WLS 2022 Highlights


Legal Symposium 2022 Testimonials

"The IATA Legal Symposium is the premier legal conference for the airline industry. It is an event not be missed!"
Neil Montgomery
Founding and Managing Partner, Montgomery & Associados

"The increase of an aviation lawyer's professional visibility comes through the networking opportunities offered by IATA Legal Symposium to the attendees."
Maurizio Corain,
Lawyer, Partner RP Legal & Tax

"Great conference and panels, I wish we have more time to discuss / deliberate on other interesting aviation topics and we could have attended for more than 1.5 day!"
Sebastian Villa
Cambiaso & Ferrari Abogados



View the official IATA World Legal Symposium 2024 Program (pdf).

Registration Type Regular Rate
IATA Member Airline $750.00
IATA Strategic Partner (15% off) $1,610.00
Regulator/Government/Airport $1,680.00
Academia $1,610.00
General Public $1,850.00


Destination & Venue


Vancouver, BC

The IATA World Legal Symposium 2024 will be held in Vancouver, Canada. The city has scenic views, a mild climate and is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. The city has also hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.


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The Venue

The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver is a luxurious hotel perfectly situated near Stanley Park and the vibrant city center. It provides an ideal retreat for both leisure and business travelers, while its extensive meeting space and catering options make it a premier choice for conferences and social events.


Associate your brand with the most renowned legal expertise in aviation.

Highlights from years’ past include:

  • Networking with more than 400 hundred global delegates from forty countries, representing airlines, academia, government agencies, airports, and law firms.
  • Powerful agendas that showcase a variety of important industry topics, including current legal issues for airline in-house counsel and airline insurers, impacts of environmental regulation, safety certification and critical issues in air cargo, and much more. 
  • Compelling keynote addresses from industry leaders

For Sponsorship inquiries, please contact:


Zhonghua Hu
Sales Manager
IATA Events Sponsorship & Exhibition
Tel. +33 (0)6 44 27 69 93

Join IATA's Strategic Partnership Program

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Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2024

Sponsored by Studio Pierallini 


IATA is pleased to announce the Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2024.

This award is given in memory of Constance O’Keefe, former General Counsel of IATA. Connie, as she was known to her friends and all who had an opportunity to work with her, had a tremendous passion for aviation law, enjoyed teaching legal writing as an adjunct professor at several law schools in Washington D.C., and was a beloved member of the air law community. We are honoured to hold this award in her name.

The writing award is an exciting opportunity for students to gain industry recognition in aviation law and to network with leading industry professionals. It is part of IATA Legal’s continuing commitment to foster, encourage and develop the aviation lawyers of the future.

We will invite the winner to receive his or her award at the IATA Legal Symposium which will take place from 21 – 23 February 2024 in Vancouver and will provide:

  • Return travel to Vancouver, Canada
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Westin Bayshore Hotel
  • Conference registration

Prospective candidates should carefully review the terms and conditions before submitting an entry. The winning entry shall be selected in January 2024.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Candidate eligibility 

To enter the competition, you must presently be enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or JD course at a university or have graduated from such a course within the last 12 months. At the time of submission, you must not have obtained, nor be enrolled in, a postgraduate doctoral degree at any university (except for a JD).

Topic selection

Candidates have complete freedom in their selection of topics, although papers that critically address a particular legal problem or development of commercial relevance to IATA’s Member airlines and our broader mission objectives are particularly encouraged.

Submission requirements

All entries must be submitted by 18:00 Geneva time on 15 December 2023, by email attachment to Please mark the subject line as Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2024.

Your entry may not exceed 5,000 words, excluding footnotes and references. All entries must be written in English and include formal academic citations (you may use the referencing system preferred by your university). The format is single spaced, 11-point Arial font.

Please complete, sign, date and attach a scanned copy of the cover sheet (pdf) to your entry. Do not indicate your name or other identifying information on any part of your entry apart from the cover sheet.

The winning entry shall be selected in early January 2024.

Legal Symposium 2022

Legal Symposium 2022 brought together almost 400 delegates in Paris, France, at the Hyatt Regency Paris Star, from 19 to 21 October.

> View Legal Symposium 2022 Photos

Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge


IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation, and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

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