A book launch is taking place today for Flying in the Face of Criminalization at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Authors Sofia Michaelides-Mateou and Andreas Mateou will highlight how aviation professionals may risk unfair criminalization when involved in accidents and their subsequent investigations.
The launch will bring together a several senior figures from the aviation sector and the legal and regulatory community.
Representing the Cyprus government, there will be opening addresses from Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoulli, Minister of Communications & Works, and Loucas Louca, Minister of Justice. Also giving opening addresses will be: Dr. Nicos Peristianis, Executive Dean, University of Nicosia, George Mavrocostas, Chairman and CEO of Cyprus Airways, and Capt. Charalambos Tappas, President of Cyprus’s pilots’ trade union, PASYPI. The Honourary Speaker will be, Mr. Roderick van Dam, Head of Legal Service, Eurocontrol and there will also be speeches from Dr. Andros Kapardis, Professor, University of Cyprus; Dr. Paul Gibbs, Professor, Middlesex University and Capt. Oliver Sellmann, Chairman of IFALPA’s Legal Committee.
About the book: Flying in the Face of Criminalization: The Safety Implications of Prosecuting Aviation Professionals for Accidents maintains that lawyers are increasingly relying on accident investigation reports to prosecute airline pilots and other aviation professionals, even though such reports are only meant for learning safety lessons. They warn that this intermingling of investigation and litigation can lead to miscarriages of justice.