World Legal Symposium (WLS)

Shanghai, SAR China
18 - 20 February

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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.

The 2025 edition of WLS will take place in Shanghai, SAR China on 18-20 February.

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


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World Legal Symposium 2024 Testimonials

"Worldwide aviation trending topics update and great networking opportunities all in the same place."
Sebastian Villa, Cambiaso Ferrari ARG

"I have been attending the WLS for several years and it is satisfying to note the constant evolution of the event, always addressing the most relevant and current topics about aviation law, in addition to the excellent opportunities for networking and seeing friends again.”
Ricardo Bernardi, Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados

"Professional organization, high number of delegates, high quality of speakers, excellent opportunities to improve your network in the aviation law sector these are the things that convinced me in 2009 to take part in the IATA Legal Symposium and that, after 15 years, still make me attend such an amazing event"
Maurizio Corain Partner, RPLT

"The premier event for Aviation lawyers to attend, year on year."
Phil Duignan, Eversheds Sutherland



The official IATA World Legal Symposium 2025 Program will be announced soon.



Shanghai, SAR China

From the historic Bund waterfront to the futuristic skyline of Pudong, Shanghai's juxtaposition of tradition and innovation sets an inspiring stage for legal discourse and professional networking. The city's status as a global financial center and its dynamic legal landscape offer a unique perspective for attendees, fostering insightful discussions and strategic collaborations. With its world-class venues and cosmopolitan ambiance, Shanghai embodies the spirit of legal excellence and international cooperation, making it an exceptional destination for a symposium of legal minds.


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World Legal Symposium 2024

WLS 2024 brought together almost 400 delegates in Vancouver, Canada, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, from 21 to 23 February.

World Legal Symposium 2022

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

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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