The European Air Law Association (EALA) was founded in 1988 on the initiative of Professor P. D. Dagtoglou in recognition of the fact that, after many years, air transport policy had become accepted as an indispensable part of the EU integration.
EALA is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (no 6374877).
EALA provides a European forum for those with an interest in the development of air law. This is achieved mainly through regular conferences and seminars that address current issues affecting the entire spectrum of the aviation industry. These conferences and seminars provide an opportunity to learn about the topical developments of air law and to discuss these developments with many experts that attend these events both as speakers and as delegates.
EALA’s inaugural conference was held in London in November 1989 and annual conferences have been held since then in Brussels, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen, Madrid, Vienna, Lisbon, Athens, Zürich, Stockholm, Budapest, Dublin and Prague. Every other year (since 1997) the Munich Liability Seminar deals with liability issues and in 2006 the biennial Copenhagen Aircraft Finance Legal Seminar was established.
The proceedings of the Association's conferences and seminars (until 2004) have been published in twenty volumes.
During the 20th Anniversary Conference in Prague (2008) the newly created annual EALA Prize was awarded for the first time. This Prize will be awarded annually.
In 2009, the EALA Lifetime Achievement Award was created. This award will be presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to European and international air law. The inaugural award was presented in the Hague during the 21st Annual Conference.”
The membership of EALA comprises leading academics, national and EU officials, representatives of international civil aviation organisations, airlines, aerospace manufacturers, aviation insurers, aircraft lessors and other providers of financial services and practitioners, both from member states of the EU, but also from countries outside the EU. There are both individual and corporate members.