Petrus (Peter) Haanappel was born in The Netherlands in 1949. He is a citizen of that country and of Canada. After his secondary school education (Gymnasium Alpha) at the Triniteits Lyceum in Haarlem (Netherlands), he read law at the Free University of Amsterdam from where he graduated in 1972. The same year, he obtained a “Diplôme d’études supérieures” (D.E.S.) from the “Faculté internationale pour l’enseignement du droit comparé” (International Faculty for the Teaching of Comparative Law) in Strasbourg. From 1972 to 1976, he studied air (aviation) and space law at McGill University in Montreal (Canada), where he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1974 (thesis on IATA Conditions of Carriage), and a Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) degree in 1976 (thesis on IATA Tariffs).
From 1976 to 1990, Dr Haanappel was a Professor of Law at McGill University, with academic responsibilities in air (aviation) and space law, civil law and comparative law. During that period, he was also the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law (1985-87), the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) of the Faculty of Law (1988-90), and the Associate Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law (1989-90).
On 1 September 1996, Dr Haanappel was appointed Professor of Air and Space Law at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University. From 2003 to 2007, Professor Haanappel was the Head of the Department / International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden, and the Director of the Master’s program in aviation and space law. He went on early retirement from the University in March 2009 and is currently an Emeritus Professor in Leiden, involved in LL.M. aviation law teaching and doctoral supervision (air & space) on a part-time basis.
In 1990, Dr Haanappel was appointed Director, European Aeropolitical Affairs at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Geneva. He worked there until the end of 1996, and from early 1997 to 2000, he was IATA’s Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Europe, based at Amsterdam (Schiphol) and in Brussels. From 2000 to 2002, he was the Senior Aero-Political Adviser to IATA.
Peter Haanappel has published extensively in air (aviation) and space law, civil law, comparative law, and juridical linguistics. A list of his publications is available upon request. In professional organisations, Dr Haanappel was, amongst other things, the President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (1985-86), the Treasurer of the Social Science Federation of Canada (1985-89), the Secretary-Treasurer of the “Association Henri Capitant des amis de la culture juridique française” (Québec) (1986-90), and the Chairman of the Board of the ISA (International Society for Aerospace Law) Foundation (1997-2007).
Until 1 June 2010, Haanappel remained an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGill University. He is still a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Air and Space Law (McGill University). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (German Journal of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne). Haanappel acts as consultant and he is on the list of aviation legislation experts of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); he is also an Associate Legal Adviser at CAAi (UK). He is a member of the European Aviation Club and of the International Foundation for Public Aviation (IFPA).