European Exchange Group
Commercial aviation is growing fast and although accidents are declining, they still do happen. Passengers’ rights within Europe are regulated by The Montreal Convention, but in fact, the claimant’s rights to compensation are decided by the local law of the forum. The national rules of compensation are very individual for each European country and types of damages and damages levels can vary greatly.
A lawyer assisting an aviation claimant needs to do careful scrutiny of all potential countries’ rules and levels of compensation before a proper choice of forum can be made. An international air disaster will, therefore, demand a deep collaboration between lawyers in the jurisdictions involved.
Stephan Eriksson is Chair of PEOPIL’s Aviation European Exchange Group (EEG). Stephan graduated from Uppsala University (LLM) in 1987. He then went into private practice and became a member of the Swedish Bar in 1992. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the European Air Law Association (EALA).
Stephan specialises in aviation mass disaster litigation and has worked on several accident claims including the Air France Concord Flight AF4590 in 2000, the Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK686 in 2001 and many other major air accident cases. He has renowned expertise in Air Passenger Law and EU Regulation 261/2004 regarding passengers’ rights in the event of denied boarding, cancellation and long delay of flights.
Recently, he has shifted his aviation practice more towards commercial aviation law, where for example, he represents larger airlines, domestic airlines, helicopter operators, air brokers, travel agencies and tour operators.
Stephan organises, with PEOPIL and McGill University Montreal, an International Aviation Conference each year. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the event could not take place in 2020, 2021 or 2022, the next edition will be organised in Paris in April 2023.
A lawyer assisting an aviation claimant needs to do a careful scrutiny of all potential countries rules and levels of compensation before a proper choice of forum can be made. An international air disaster will therefore demand a deep collaboration between lawyers in the jurisdictions involved.