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Monday, April 16, 2007

1150 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC

Seminar: 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

There is no charge, but we request that you pre-register for the seminar, no later than Monday, April 2, 2007

Free of charge

Co-hosted by the Japan International Transport Institute and ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Japan International Tranport Institute

1819 L STREET, N.W. SUITE 1000
PHONE:+1- 202-833-9763
FAX: +1-202-833-9769

ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Activities of our institute are made possible through the generous assistance of the Nippon Foundation.


Seminar on the Liberalization of International Aviation
~ Is the Chicago Convention fit for aviation in the 21st century ? ~

It has been about 60 years since the Chicago Convention, the Convention on International Civil Aviation, was agreed upon in 1944. Nothing has been as dramatic in the development of international aviation business since then. International aviation, which started as very limited services for elites, is now fully enjoyed by those in every walk of life now. The business is forecasted to fly even higher in the future. Despite the dramatic growth in the past and its sure path to further growth into the future, international air transport is still governed by the international rules which originated from the thoughts and situations during and immediately after WWII. While there have been a lot of reforms in other areas of the economy to move from protectionism to liberalization in trade and from government-controlled economy to market economy, these international rules, called the Chicago Regime, have placed very strict quantitative limits on international air travel. Leaving details of the rules to bilateral negotiations, the Chicago Regime produced the very inconvenient reality in which rules for international air services, which should be universal by right, differ from one bilateral agreement to another. The Chicago Regime not only loses out on the merit of market economy where the most efficient survives in competition, but it also fosters various forms of protectionism based on the bilateral agreements. It is clear that the Chicago Regime is outdated. This seminar points out the problems of the Chicago Regime and explores the way to resolve these problems, thereby facilitating various international discussions on how a new regime on international aviation should be.


Jiro Hanyu President, Japan International Transport Institute

Shigenori Hiraoka
Senior Representative, Japan International Transport Institute
 Bio  Presentation 

Norman Y. Mineta
Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton Inc. (Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation)
 Bio  Speech Text 

Hiromichi Toya
Senior Advisor, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA)
 Bio  Presentation 

Michael E. Levine
Distinguished Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, New York University School of Law (Moderator)
 Bio  Presentation 

Michael E. Levine
Distinguished Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, New York University School of Law (Moderator)

Dorothy Robyn
Principal, The Brattle Group

Michael J. Francesconi
Vice President, Public Affairs, United Parcel Service

Russell Bailey
Senior Attorney, Legal Department, Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l

Masashi Izumi
Executive Vice President & COO, ANA Strategic Research Institute

Masaaki Kobashi
Director, Planning and Strategy, Japanese railway Construction, Transport, and Technology Agency