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Airspace sovereignty in the Chicago Regime: a reality check

Truxal, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-8282-2080 (2019). Airspace sovereignty in the Chicago Regime: a reality check. In: Mendes de Leon, P. & Buissing, N. (Eds.), Behind and Beyond the Chicago Convention: The Evolution of Aerial Sovereignty. (pp. 291-303). The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International.


Air service agreements (ASAs) under the ‘Chicago Regime’ of exchanged traffic rights are coupled with the overarching principle of State sovereignty recognized in Article 1 of the Chicago Convention. The Chicago Convention was written in an era when States were the principal actors in air transport. Faced with economic realities, however, States have allowed airlines to privatize and in turn, cross-border alliances between airlines have prompted States to liberalize their ASAs. This article explores the ways in which the exercise of State sovereignty in airspace has evolved, and examines the Chicago Convention’s viability 75 years on.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2019 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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