Mendes de Leon Pablo

Expert in international air and space law, Doctor of Law, Professor
Hague (The Netherlands)
Pablo Mendes de Leon


From 1974 to 1979 he has studied International Law in Utrecht University.

From 1987 to 1992 he was preparing to defend his thesis in the Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands).

In 1992 he holds degree from the Leiden University, PH.D.

Teaching activity: 

From 2008 to present – Professor of Air and Space Law and Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University, which is one of the leading international scientific research and teaching institutes in the world, specialised in legal and policy issues regarding aviation and space activities. The Faculty of Law of Leiden University founded the institute in 1986.

He is Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and the University of Bordeaux, France.

Other Activities: 

In addition to his duties as Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University, Pablo Mendes de Leon maintains a vast range of memberships in organisations that work to combine law and practice of aviation law and policy.

He is President of the European Air Law Association (EALA).

He is Judge at the District Court of Haarlem.

He is a Membre titulaire de l’académie de l’air et de l’espace, Toulouse, France.

He is a Member of the Dutch Safety Board.

He is a Board Member of the magazines Air and Space Law, Journal of Air Law and Commerce and the Italian ANIA Insurance Newsletter and the Director of the Series of Publications in International Aviation law and Policy with Kluwer Law International.

A member of Organizing Committee of the 7th St. Petesburg Air Law Conference, October 6, 2017.

A member of Organizing Committee of the 8th St. Petesburg Air Law Conference, October 26, 2018.

A member of Organizing Committee of the 9th St. Petesburg Air Law Conference, October 4, 2019.

He is the author of a large number of publications on topical issues regarding aviation law and policy.

Behind and Beyond the Chicago Convention: The Evolution of Aerial Sovereignty. Ed. by Mendes de Leon P. and Buissing N. 2019. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 498 p.
Diederiks-Verschoor, I. H. Ph. (revised by Pablo Mendes de Leon and Michael Butler). An Introduction to Air Law Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2012.
Mendes de Leon P. A New Phase in Alliance Building: The Air France/ KLM Venture as a Case Study// Zeitschrift fur Luft und Weltraumrecht, ZLW. 2004. №3.
Mendes de Leon P. Cabotage in Air Transport Regulation. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 1992
Mendes de Leon P.M.J. and Molenaar E.J., Still a Mile too Far? International Law Implications of the Location of an Airport in the Sea, 14 Leiden Journal of International Law 234–245 (2001).
Mendes de Leon P.M.J., Achieving the Single European Sky (2011).
Mendes de Leon Pablo, Settlement of Disputes in Air and Space Law, in: C.-J. Cheng (ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Air Transport and Space Applications in a New World (Tokyo, 2–5 June 1993) 329-339 (1995).
Mendes de Leon Pablo, The Dynamics of Sovereignty and Jurisdiction in International Aviation Law, in: G. Kreijen et al. (eds), State, Sovereignty and International Governance, Liber Amicorum Peter H. Kooijmans 483-495 (2002).
Scott Benjamyn I. Regional Aviation Safety, in Pablo Mendes de Leon, An Introduction to Air Law (Kluwer Law International, 2017).
Scott Benjamyn I., Mendes de Leon Pablo. An Analysis of Unmanned Aircraft Systems under Air Law, in Aleš Završnik, Drones & Unmanned Aerial Systems: Legal & Social Implications for Security & Surveillance, (Springer, 2016).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Sovereignty and Air Services Agreements in Asia: The Long Flight from Bilateralism to Multilateralism”, in Behind and Beyond the Chicago Convention: The Evolution of Aerial Sovereignty, Wolters Kluwer (Pablo Mendes de Leon & Niall Buissing, eds.) (2019) (Netherlands).