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Prof. Dr. iur. Regula Dettling-Ott is a lawyer specializing in aviation law and aviation policy. From 2017 to May 2023, she was Chair of the Performance Review Body of the Single European Sky (PRB), an expert committee of the European Commission. 


From 2010 to 2016, Regula Dettling-Ott represented the Lufthansa Group as Vice-President EU Affairs at the EU in Brussels. She was responsible for representing the interests of the Lufthansa Group vis-à-vis the EU Commission, supporting legislative proposals in the EU Parliament and the European Council and legal proceedings before the EU Commission. 


Before joining the Lufthansa Group, Regula Dettling-Ott was responsible for Industry Relations & Government Affairs at Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and worked as a lawyer. During the integration of SWISS into the Lufthansa Group, she was responsible for securing traffic rights. 


As a lawyer, she settled the liability claims of injured parties following aircraft accidents on behalf of airlines and helicopter companies and their insurers and provided legal support during aircraft accident investigations. She represented airlines in proceedings for new operating regulations for Zurich Airport and in other administrative proceedings. 


Regula Dettling-Ott has been recognized several times by international and Swiss colleagues as a leading lawyer in aviation law.


From 1986 to 1995 Regula Dettling-Ott lived and worked in Mexico; from 1993 to 1995 she founded and directed the Swiss School in Cuernavaca, Mexico. 


Regula Dettling-Ott studied and obtained her doctorate in Bern (Settlement of Investment Disputes by Arbitration Tribunals - The Practice of ICSID, summa cum laude). She studied and researched at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) as a Kronstein Fellow/scholarship holder of the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 1993, she habilitated at the University of Berne (International and Swiss Air Transport Law).  


As a part-time lecturer, Regula Dettling-Ott teaches aviation law at the University of Berne and supervises the annual training seminar for practitioners in Lenzburg. She regularly takes part in international aviation conferences as a speaker and has published numerous articles.


German, English, French, Spanish


  • Member of the Board of the European Air Law Association 

  • International Aviation Womens Association IAWA

  • Member of the Board of the Swiss Air and Space Law Association ASDA 

  • Member of the German Air Law Forum

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Air and Space Law University of Leiden (NL) 

  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association 

  • Member of the Zurich Bar Association 

  • Advisory Board Member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the Swiss Air and Space Law Association ASDA

  • Advisory board member of the journal for air and space law ZLW

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Air&Space Law 

  • Member of the board of educationssuisse (Swiss schools abroad) from 1995-2017, honorary member since 2017

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