Aviation Liability 2021

Major air law treaties 

To which major air law treaties related to carrier liability for  passenger injury or death is your state a party? 

The Warsaw Convention 1929 was extended to Nigeria by the British  colonial government via an order known as the Carriage by Air (Colonies,  Protectorates and Other Trust Territories) Order 1953. This Order was  repealed by section 77(1)(a) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 (CAA 2006).  Prior to its repeal, the applicability of the Warsaw Convention as the  basis for determining air carrier liability was upheld in a plethora of  Nigerian cases. The Warsaw Convention has, however, ceased to apply  in Nigeria. 

In post-colonial Nigeria, international treaties are not directly  effective in Nigeria when they are signed or acceded to. The Nigerian  constitution requires the treaty to be incorporated into local law to make  it effective.

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