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Most countries are member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and as such have signed the "Chicago Convention 1944" (111 pages, 2 Mb). These rules and regulations in member countries are based on the recommendations of the ICAO.
This is necessary to get a certain guaranteed worldwide standard for airspace, airports, crew licensing and other important aviation safety related matters. These recommendations are published by ICAO in Annexes and Documents. Member countries should then process the recommendations in their aviation law and regulations and make these available to interested parties in paper or electronic form.
Pilots are expected to know the law concerning their flight, aircraft and other regulations of the country they fly in or over. In Europe that can be a challenge as there are as many as there are countries and even one flight can take you easily through three of four of them.
North & South America Area
IAOPA -- International Counsel of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
AOPA -- Main office of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
ICAO -- International Civil Aviation Organization, promotes understanding and security through cooperative aviation regulation
IATA -- International Air Transport Association is the governing Body that creates regulation for international air transport