Prof. Dr. Pablo Mendes de Leon

  • director
  • International air and space law
  • European air and space law
  • National air policy

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7725
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Lucht- en Ruimterecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A310

Pablo Mendes de Leon studied from 1974 to 1979 at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, upon which he continued to study at the University of Paris 2, during which period he followed a training programme at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Subsequently, he worked for the EC Delegation at the United Nations in New York. In 1981, Dr. Mendes de Leon started his professional career at the Law firm Barents and Krans in The Hague, where he practised European Community Law, company law and bankruptcy law.

In 1985, he commenced to work for Leiden University, where he obtained his doctoral (PhD) degree (with honours) on 1992 on a thesis called "Cabotage in International Air Transport Regulation". In addition to his teaching functions, he acted as Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, which was formally established in 1986. In this capacity, he organised a number of world-wide conferences on topical developments in international aviation and space law. A list of conferences can be found by clicking here. Next to academic research as a Meijers fellow, Mr Mendes de Leon carries out studies for third parties (as to which see Research, under Air law research). From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Mendes de Leon is Director of Air Law Research of the International Institute of Air and Space law, and lectures private international air law and competition law in the LL.M. programme of the Institute. Moreover, he is a speaker at conferences on international aviation developments.

Since 15 April 2008 Professor of air and space law, Head of Department/executive chair of the department of air and space law.

Dr. Mendes de Leon maintains memberships in organisations that work to combine air and space law and education including:
President, European Air Law Association (see:
Honorary Judge, District Courts, The Netherlands;
Honorary President, Student Association "Telders" on International Law, Law Faculty, Leiden University;
President European Air Law Association;
Membre de l’Acadérmie de l’Air et de l’Espace (Toulouse);
Member Editorial Board, Air and Space Law magazine (Kluwer);
Fellow, Meijers Institute, Leiden University;
Board Member, KLM-Air France foundation;
Member, Air Transport Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris;
Board member, Brazilian Institute of Strategic Studies and Policies in Air Transport, Rio de Janeiro; Member, International Faculty, IATA Learning Centre, Geneva;
Member, Advisory Board, Journal of Air Law and Commerce;
Member Editorial Board, Aviation Maritime Journal (Bologna, Italy);
Series Editor, Aviation Law and Policy, Kluwer Law International;
Member, Advisory committee of the Korea Institute of Air & Space Law, Hanul Professional Law Corp; Correspondent, Editorial Board, Netherlands' Association for Public Transport Law;
Member, Advisory Board Asian Institute of Air and Space Law;
Member, Council of the Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism, Delhi, India;
Member, International Panel of Experts, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, India;
Member, Supervisory Board, "Aerius", Amsterdam;
Fellow, AirNeth, Amsterdam/The Hague;
Member, Advisory Academic Board, Airneth, Amsterdam.
Main publications Conferences Research NAA EALA
Main publications of Dr. P.M.J. Mendes Leon

Only in Dutch - see an article in the Mare - University weekly magazine:

Last Modified: 21-12-2015