The Montreal Convention: Principles of Liability for Personal Injuries on International Flights

(156 Ratings)

Produced on: November 07, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This program will review the basic principles of liability for personal injury or death of a passenger on an international flight under the Montreal Convention. Christopher B. Kende, Member at Cozen O’Connor, will provide a chronological overview of the various treaties and private agreements involving international air carrier liability, and will review the requirements for liability, periods during which the conventions apply, damages, and potential defenses to liability. He will also walk through many of the important items of consideration when bringing an action, such as jurisdiction and limitation of actions. Finally, Kende will share his own insights on how to best protect your clients when litigating a Montreal Convention claim.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the history of treaties governing international air carrier liability
  2. Identify the requirements for liability under the Montreal Convention
  3. Explore the history and intent of the Montreal Convention, and gain an in-depth understanding of its many intricacies, including definitions, common interpretations, jurisdictional limitations, damages, and defenses


Christopher Kende

Cozen O'Connor P.C.

Christopher B. Kende focuses his practice on international insurance, reinsurance, aviation and marine matters.

Christopher has more than 30 years of experience in handling major complex multinational litigation in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, environmental law, aviation and admiralty and maritime disputes. His experience includes virtually every aspect of pre-trial, trial and post-trial proceedings in state and federal courts around the country.

Christopher is a former member of the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is past president of the Maritime Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Admiralty and Maritime Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Christopher is also past president of the Insurance Law Commission of the UIA and serves on the International Organizations, Conventions and Standards Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher has a combined B.A. and M.A. degree from Brown University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is fluent in French.


  • Acted for native regional and village corporations in Prince William Sound in the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill actions in state and federal court in Alaska.
  • Provided reinsurance advice to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a federal agency, in connection with several major transactions involving political risk insurance, including assistance in the structuring of a worldwide facility offering political risk, currency conversion and expropriation cover based in Bermuda.
  • Acted for several major carriers in asbestos and hazardous waste site coverage cases.
  • Acted for several large foreign reinsurers in connection with matters ranging from advice on treaty wording to litigation and arbitration involving first party property insurance, reinsurance of complex financial products, insurance-backed film financing, catastrophic business interruption losses, cargo and hull cover and health and medical reinsurance.
  • Successfully represented the French government in the AMOCO CADIZ oil spill litigation which involved the largest shoreline pollution in history.


Frank B.

Anecdotes were helpful.

Louis D.

Fascinating course with great personal antidotes that make what could be dry very lively.

Anthony M.

Very informative.

Martha A.

Very interesting!

Laura C.

Well done. Thank you!

Andrew A.

Very knowledgeable speaker

Andrew P.

Great presentation Very helpful, informative and useful information Please offer more courses in this area

Antoine M.

Good presentation from experienced practitioner in this area

Frederick K.

Thanks for sharing some not so commonly known information.

Bonnie P.

I thoroughly enjoyed this speaker; Chris Kendre seemed to be very knowledgeable of the airline industry and the treaties involved.

William G.

Very informative, well organized and a pleasure to attend.

Tom H.

Great course! Learned a lot about a topic I previously knew very little about

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