Legal Symposium 2020

New York, USA
19 - 21 February 2020
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The IATA 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. In 2020, this flagship IATA conference will draw upon leading experts, from every co​rner of the world, to examine the key challenges of our legal and regulatory environment.

Who is this for?

  • Airline legal counsel
  • Airport legal counsel
  • Legal practitioners
  • Regulators and policymakers
  • Media



  • “IATA Legal Symposium is really the place to share and enjoy with colleagues in legal aviation industry."

Jose Elías Del Hierro - Del Hierro Abogados

  • Massive opportunity to network with key persons in the commercial aviation sector: if you are an aviation lawyer you must attend the IATA Legal Symposium.

Maurizio Corain - R&P Legal



      • 74% of sponsors were satisfied with their brand exposure before and during the conference
      • 76% of attendees were satisfied with the networking opportunities
      • 96% of attendees were satisfied or very satisfied by the conference

​​​​Discover who you could meet: browse through the list of attending companies (pdf)

Registration Rates


REGISTRATION TYPES 2020 Regular rate
IATA Member Airline (Legal Forum + Legal Symposium) $ 800
IATA Member Airline (Legal Symposium Only) $ 1475
Government Authorities/Agencies $ 1100
Non-IATA Member Airline $ 2250
IATA Strategic Partner $ 1765
Sister Trade Association $ 1900
Airport Legal Counsel or Staff $ 2250
Aviation Law Firm Counsel + Other $ 2250


Download the Legal Symposium 2020 Draft Agenda (pdf)

Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact:

Sandro Francini
Director Sponsorships & Exhibitions - WorldTek
Tel.: +1-561-325-8200 
Mobile: +1-561-289-4796

Brooklyn, New York – The Epitome of Cool

Out of the 5 boroughs of New York, Brooklyn is by far the most recognized for being out of the box. Brooklyn offers an all-inclusive package to experience the real New York lifestyle with electrifying music festivals, crazy cool art galleries, a cutting-edge foodie scene and a never ending catalog of hip and trendy bars. Often compared to its sophisticated counterpart, Manhattan, Brooklyn is a rebel in terms of identity. Associating old and new, sport and chic, high technology and simplicity, Brooklyn is the hotspot for free-spirited people who believe in no boundaries. 


Not to mention, Brooklyn is also home to the most instagrammable spots of New York City. You can walk on the famous Brooklyn Bridge while looking at breath-taking views of the city, pose next to the famous Dumbo, stop and smell the roses at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and discover marine life at the oldest Aquarium in the United States, all within the perimeter of Brooklyn. Most importantly, make sure you stop by an industrial coffee shop to get your dose of caffeine and let your cravings guide you to the funkiest restaurants in your area to live the real Brooklyn experience.

About the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is a luxury hotel in downtown Brooklyn, New York offering sweeping views of the city.  Situated only a few steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge, the Marriott is the finest location for business or leisure travel.

After an exciting day exploring the city, you can sit back and relax in the modern and comfortable Greatroom. For more tranquility, the hotel also offers superb amenities including but not limited to private terraces, an indoor pool, a full service spa, a fitness center and more. The Marriott’s 39,000 square feet event venue is the ideal spot to host grandiose and memorable events, with the possibility to accommodate the space to each event's needs.


​LS 2019

The Legal Symposium 2019 was held from 6 March to 8 March in Rome, Italy.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!


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Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2020

COAALWA Cover Sheet 2020 (pdf)

Sponsored by Studio Pierallini


The Constance O’Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2020 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 19 – 21 February 2020 in New York and will provide:

  • Return travel to New York
  • Three nights' accommodation at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Conference registration, including all meals

Prospective candidates should carefully review the terms and conditions before submitting an entry. The winning entry shall be selected in January 2020.

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 16 December 2019, by email attachment to Tiffany Smith at Please mark the subject line as Constance O'Keefe Aviation Law Writing Award 2020.

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 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 2020.


Travel to NYC on United!

Legal Symposium attendees are eligible for savings when booking on the Host Airline – United. Details here

Visit and enter ZJGQ804271 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount, or call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426 – 1122.

For help from a travel professional, use our dedicated ticketing department at Please note that a 45.00$ ticketing fee will apply.

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