Warsaw Convention Law and Legal Definition

The Warsaw Convention is an international convention which regulates liability for air carriers who cross international boundaries. The Convention was originally signed in 1929 in Warsaw, was amended in 1955 at The Hague, and in 1975 in Montreal. It deals with requirements regarding ticketing of passengers and carrier limitations of liability on cases of accidents or damage or loss of baggage.

The United States Supreme Court has held that the Warsaw Convention exclusively controls a passenger’s right of recovery in U.S. courts for physical injuries sustained on international flights. The Warsaw Convention applies to passengers ticketed on an international itinerary even if the crash occurs on the domestic part of a continuous international trip.