Tissa Abeyratne, Aviation Strategies International, QU, Canada

Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne has worked in the field of aviation law and management for thirty-seven years. He is currently President/CEO of Global Aviation Consultancies Inc., and Senior Associate, Air Law, and Policy at Aviation Strategies International, both of which are consultancies headquartered in Montreal.

At retirement from the International Civil Aviation Organization after 23 years of service at various senior positions in air transport and air law, Dr. Abeyratne was Coordinator, Air transport Programmes as well as Senior Legal Officer, heading the Treaty Office of ICAO. He also advised States on their registration and depository obligations with regard to international treaties and their adherence thereto and was General Counsel for ICAO staff members. Prior to his service at ICAO, Dr. Abeyratne was, for 8 years at Airlanka, serving the airline as Chief Coordinator and Head of International Relations and Insurance.

Dr. Abeyratne, holds the degree of doctor of civil laws (DCL) from McGill University, the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) from the University of Colombo, the degree of master of laws (LL.M) from Monash University, Victoria, Australia, and the degree of bachelor of laws (LL.B) from the University of Colombo.

Dr. Abeyratne is the author of 33 books and over 445 papers in academic and professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in aerospace law, diplomacy, and economics. Dr. Abeyratne’s current academic research is focused on air transport economics and aviation and climate change.


Dr. Abeyratne holds an impressive record of teaching at the graduate level for 22 years in the field of international law and relations and public policy. He is currently visiting professor at McGill University, teaching aviation law and policy at the graduate level.

He is a fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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