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McGill University Institute of Air & Space Law

3690 Peel Street

Montreal, Quebec CANADA H3A 1X1
Paul Stephen Dempsey is Tomlinson Professor of Global Governance in Air & Space Law and Director of the Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. For more than two decades, he held the chair as Professor of Transportation Law, and was Director of the Transportation Law Program at the University of Denver. He was also Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation, a consortium of the University of Denver and Mississippi State University. Earlier, he served as an attorney with the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C., and was Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the I.C.C.
Dr. Dempsey holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor, University of Georgia; Master of Laws, George Washington University; Doctor of Civil Laws, McGill University. He is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Professor Dempsey was a Fulbright Scholar, was awarded the Transportation Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award, and was designated the University of Denver's Outstanding Scholar. He was the first individual designated the University of Denver's Hughes Research Professor, and DePaul University's Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. The Colorado transportation community named him “Educator of the Year”, and inducted him into the Colorado Aerospace Hall of Fame. For 23 years, he was faculty editor of the Transportation Law Journal. He also served on the Editorial Boards of the Denver Business Journal, and The Aviation Quarterly (Lloyds, London), and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the German Journal of Air & Space Law, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Air & Space Law. He is President of the International Air & Space Law Academy, and vice-Chair of the Aviation Section of the Transportation Lawyers Association. Professor Dempsey has published more than two dozen books, 100 law review and academic journal articles, and scores of newspaper and news magazine editorials.
From 1986 to 1998, he was host of KWGN-TV's weekly talk show, "Your Right to Say It." Professor Dempsey has appeared on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC World Business Report, NBC Today, ABC Good Morning America, CNN Crossfire, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, NBC Mutual Radio, and other news broadcasting networks in the United States and abroad. His editorials have been published in major newspapers and news magazines, including for example, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
From 1994-2009, Paul Dempsey was Vice Chairman & Director of Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc., and Chairman of Lynx Aviation, Inc.. He was a founder and first Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council, Inc., and President and Director of the Genesee Foundation, Inc. He has also served as a consultant to U.S. and foreign airlines, railroads, motor carriers, bus and taxi companies, transportation labor organizations, industry associations, government agencies, and telecommunications companies.
Dr. Dempsey has delivered expert witness testimony and studies before the Public Utility Commissions of the states of California, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, the Province of British Columbia, the courts of Missouri and Nevada, United States District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Cour de Cassation (France), and the Australian Competition Commission. He has testified before the transportation committees of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Canadian Senate, and the state legislatures of Colorado, Michigan and Texas. He has lectured in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Macau, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


2008 – present Graduate Program Director, McGill University

2002 – present Director, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University;

2002 – present Director, Center for Research on Air & Space Law, McGill University;

2011 – present President, Savannah Properties, LLC, Golden, CO

2009 – 2013 President, DEW Gmbh, Ganserndorf, Austria

2007 – 2009 Vice Chairman & Director, Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc., Denver, CO;

2007 – 2009 Chairman & Director, Lynx Aviation, Inc.

2001 – 2002 President, Genesee Foundation, Inc.; Director (1999–2002);

1994 – 2007 Vice Chairman & Director, Frontier Airlines, Inc.

1979 – 2002 Director, Transportation Law Program, University of Denver;

1999 – 2002 Director, National Center for Intermodal Transportation;

1981 – 1983 Chairman, Board of Governors, Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council, Inc.; Governor (1981-93);

2002 – present Tomlinson Professor of Law & Global Governance, McGill University Faculty of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Air & Space Law

1979 – 2002 Transportation Lawyers Association Professor of Law, University of Denver College of Law; Faculty Editor, Transportation Law Journal

1989 – 1990 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

1985 – 1986 Hughes Research Professor of Law, University of Denver College of Law (also 1989-90, 1992-93)

Admitted to the Practice of Law in Georgia (1975), District of Columbia (1977), and Colorado (1986)

1981 - 1982 Legal Advisor to the Chairman, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C.

1977 - 1979 Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel; and Bureau of Pricing and Domestic Aviation, Civil Aeronautics Board, Washington, D.C.

1975 - 1977 Attorney-Advisor, Office of Proceedings, Interstate Commerce Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C.


1995 - 1999 Editorial Board of Contributors, Denver Business Journal

1986 - 1998 Host, "Your Right To Say It," KWGN-TV, Channel 2, Sunday morning Public Affairs television program.

  • Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.) (cum laude), Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Montreal PQ, Canada (1986).

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law (summa cum laude), National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (1978); Staff: Journal of International Law & Economics

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) School of Law, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (1975); Chief Justice, Main Court of the Student Judiciary; Editorial Board, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.), School of Journalism, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (1972); minor: political science.


  • George Mason University Law and Economics Institute for Law Professors, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. (1987)

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (1976)

  • Sessions on Public and Private International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, the Hague, The Netherlands (1974)

  • Seminar on the European Economic Community, Institut d'etudes Europeenes, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (1974)


  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2000)

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Residence, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah (1998)

  • Inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame (1995)

  • Canadian Institutional Research Grant (1989-90)

  • Economic Policy Institute Grant on Airline Deregulation (1989-90)

  • Hughes Foundation Research Grant in International Dispute Resolution at the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization, Montreal, Canada (1987-88)

  • Fulbright Fellowship, Western European Regional Research Program (1986-87)

  • University of Denver Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Outstanding Scholarship (1987)

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute Research Grant in Oil and Gas Law (1987)

  • Transportation Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award (1986)

  • Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council Award for Outstanding Service (1983)

  • Hughes Foundation Research Grant in International Maritime Law (1982)


  1. Space Law (Oxford University Press 2015) (five-volume treatise updated quarterly).

  2. Airport Economics and Finance (World Bank Conference Report 2015) (with Shruti Vijayakumar).

  3. Transit Law, volume 5 of Selected Studies in Transportation Law (Transportation Research Board 2nd ed. 2014).

  4. Aviation Liability Law (2nd ed., Lexis/Nexis 2013).

  5. Public Policy and the Regulation of Commercial Aviation (with Professor Laurence E. Gesell, Coast-Aire 2013).

  6. Airline Management: Strategies for the 21st Century (with Professor Laurence Gesell, 3rd ed., Coast-Aire 2012).

  7. The Need for an Integrated Regulatory Regime for Aviation and Space (with Professors Jakhu and Sgobba, Springer 2011).

  8. Aviation and the Law (with Professor Laurence Gesell, 5th ed. Coast-Aire 2011).

  9. Air Transportation: Foundations for the 21st Century (with Professor Laurence Gesell, 3rd ed. Coast-Aire 2010).

  10. Public International Air Law (McGill 2008).

  11. Air Navigation: Flying Through Congested Skies (editor, McGill/ICAO 2007).

  12. International Air Carrier Liability: The Montreal Convention of 1999 (with Professor Michael Milde, McGill 2005).

  13. International Aviation Policy for Canada (editor, McGill 2005).

  14. European Aviation Law (Kluwer Law International 2004).

  15. Air Commerce & the Law (with Professor Laurence Gesell, Coast Aire 2004).

  16. Metropolitan Planning Organizations: An Assessment of the Transportation Planning Process (3 volumes, with Professors Goetz & Larson; National Center for Intermodal Transportation 2000).

  17. Airport Planning & Development: A Global Survey (McGraw Hill 1999).

  18. Denver International Airport: Lessons Learned (with Professors Andrew Goetz & Joseph Szyliowicz, McGraw-Hill 1997).

  19. Aviation Law & Regulation (with Professors Robert Hardaway and William Thoms) (2 volume treatise, and abridged student edition; Butterworth Legal Publishers 1993).

  20. Airline Deregulation and Laissez Faire Mythology (with Professor Andrew Goetz) (Quorum Books, 1992) (Japanese language edition 1995).

  21. Flying Blind: The Failure of Airline Deregulation (Economic Policy Institute, 1990).

  22. The Social & Economic Consequences of Deregulation (Quorum Books, 1989).

  23. Law & Foreign Policy in International Aviation (Transnational Publishers, Inc. 1987).

  24. Law & Economic Regulation in Transportation (with Professor William Thoms) (Quorum Books, 1986).

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