Legal matters

ECAC's legal activities support the work in other fields of civil aviation such as safety, environment and security. 

Established in 1996, the Legal Task Force examines legal issues and develops proposals on various legal issues related to the role and various activities of ECAC.

It mainly performs the following functions:

  • To advise Directors General of Civil Aviation on matters relating to the interpretation and amendment of the ECAC Constitution, the legal status of ECAC and its relationship with other international organisations.
  • To study and make recommendations on matters relating to public international air law.
  • To discuss legal issues relevant to the work of ICAO with a view to facilitating and supporting the participation of ECAC Member States in the legal work of ICAO (e.g. ICAO Legal Committee) as well as coordinating ECAC common positions, where possible and appropriate, including but not limited to the preparation and implementation of international legal instruments (e.g. Conventions, Resolutions) and submitting reports and recommendations thereon to Directors General of Civil Aviation.
  • To discuss other legal issues relevant to the work of ECAC or of interest to ECAC Member States, as appropriate. This includes, for example, the legal analysis of draft cooperation agreements with international partners.

The Legal Task Force holds three meetings a year and reports to Directors General.

ECAC Spotlight on legal matters

ECAC News n°65 - Spotlight on the Legal Task Force (MachteldCambridge) ECAC News n°65 - Spotlight on the Legal Task Force (Susanna Metsalampi)