The drafters of the Paris and Chicago convention most likely intended for the words ‘complete and exclusive sovereignty over the air space’ (Article 1, respectively) to mean ‘jurisdiction and control over the airspace’ “

Coursework of 1500 words plus or minus 10% on the word count.
The coursework is as follows:
“The drafters of the Paris and Chicago convention most likely intended for the words ‘complete and exclusive sovereignty over the air space’ (Article 1, respectively) to mean ‘jurisdiction and control over the airspace’ “. Critically discuss this proposition.

Paris convention

Paris convention was the first convention internationally to discuss political complexities and challenges tangled around aerial navigation globally. Paris convention was established under the supports of international commission for air navigation. The convention was to define provisions and principles to serve as guidelines to minimize confusion of regulations and ideologies that varied by nation. Paris convention was signed on October 13, in 1919 in Paris. The first airline flight carrying passengers occurred in 1913. Before 1913, aircraft were used in mail and cargo carrying. During World War 1 aircraft was used in carrying cargo as well as a military asset and was operated internationally. International usage of aircraft raised questions concerning air sovereignty. The argument revolved around two perspectives: that every nation had the right to sovereignty over airspace or no nation had any right to claim sovereignty of airspace (Arctic portal library 2012). Paris convention determined the argument by deciding that every state has total sovereignty of the airspace covering its land and waters.

Drafting of the Paris convention was directed by the following four principles: aircraft should be registered to a nation and aircraft nationality is the nation to which it is registered. Contracting nation’s aircraft should be treated similarly under each state’s law. A state can deny entry and control flights through its airspace since every nation has total sovereignty over airspace covering its land and waters. Each state should consider its own as well as the foreign aircraft operation in applying its airspace guidelines. The rules should ensure that the security and sovereignty of the state is respected but should still providing necessary freedom to all aircrafts.

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