Tissa Abeyratne, Aviation Strategies International, QU, Canada
Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne has worked in the field of aviation law and management for forty years. He is currently Senior Associate, Aviation Law and Policy at Aviation Strategies International, and Professor of Aviation Law and Policy at McGill University.
At retirement from the International Civil Aviation Organization after 23 years of service at various senior positions in air transport and air law, Dr. Abeyratne was Coordinator, Air transport Programmes as well as Senior Legal Officer, heading the Treaty Office of ICAO. He also advised States on their registration and depository obligations with regard to international treaties and their adherence thereto and was General Counsel for ICAO staff members. Prior to his service at ICAO, Dr. Abeyratne was, for 8 years at Airlanka, serving the airline as Chief Coordinator and Head of International Relations and Insurance.
Dr. Abeyratne, holds the degree of doctor of civil laws (DCL) from McGill University, the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) from the University of Colombo, the degree of master of laws (LL.M) from Monash University, Victoria, Australia, and the degree of bachelor of laws (LL.B) from the University of Colombo.
Dr. Abeyratne is the author of 36 books and 445 papers in academic and professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in aerospace law, diplomacy and economics. Dr. Abeyratne’s current academic research is focused on air transport economics and aviation and climate change.
Dr. Abeyratne holds an impressive record of teaching at graduate level for 24 years in the field of international law and relations and public policy.
He is a fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the International Trade Law and Space Law Committees of the International Law Association. Dr. Abeyratne is also a member of editorial boards of several international law journals.