• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ronald Bartsch
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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Aviation is one of the most (if not the most) regulated industries in the world. The law impacts upon the aviation industry more or less directly from the international level right down to the local level in every place where it operates. For aviation professionals and managers, and those in related industries, it is imperative to have an appreciation of what laws apply to the day-to-day operations of an aviation business and an understanding of how those laws work. This is particularly important when viewed from an international perspective because of the global nature of the industry and of the proliferation of international treaties, in particular the Chicago Convention 1944.
The ANU College of Law's new Australian Aviation Law course offered as part of the Graduate Masters Program will provide students with an awareness and appreciation of the laws that apply to the day-to-day operations within the aviation industry including government departments and agencies.
This course will provide an overview of the regulatory structure of civil aviation in Australia. The course will focus on the legal system within which this regulatory system operates and the powers, responsibilities and scope of the various aviation regulatory authorities. In particular, the course will concentrate on providing a practical insight into the legal implications associated with various aviation personnel including the pilot-in-command.

In light of the recent restructuring of Australia’s aviation regulatory regime this course will have a particular emphasis on the consideration of the role and functions of Airservices and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and will also examine recent developments in the increasingly important area of aviation environmental law.
This course is equally applicable and assessable for both non-lawyers and lawyers so although no prior legal training is required or assumed the course is structured such that lawyers will benefit from their prior knowledge and additional references and readings provided.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

This course objectives are to assist students gain an understanding of the vital importance of regulations and the law in all aspects of aviation operations. Although this course focuses on aviation law in Australia it also considers the broader international context which is so important to the aviation industry. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to identify and understand, in general terms, how the Australian legal system impinges upon the civil aviation industry. The other important objective is for the student to understand the structure and development of the Australian legal system and state the constitutional limits of the Commonwealth in respect of the regulatory control of civil aviation in Australia.

In terms of learning outcomes a participant who has successfully completed this course should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of legal systems in Australia and internationally as they relate to aviation activities;
  2. Outline the international legal and regulatory framework for civil aviation;
  3. Describe the process for adoption and implementation of international standards in aviation;
  4. List the relevant branches of law that specifically apply to the aviation industry, and briefly describe how those branches of law are relevant to the aviation industry;
  5. Identify the relevant legal issues, including international conventions, that impinge on civil aviation agencies, airlines, airport operators and those employed by them;
  6. Explain the legal responsibilities imposed upon regulatory post holders and other aviation personnel under civil aviation law.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks after  the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor - both prior to the intensive and after it - is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
1. Individual case review or Group Activity (40%)
2. Written assignment (60%, 4000 words)

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Intensive mode (4 days)

It is anticipated that the student work-load (in hours) would consist of 24 to 26 in-class hours, plus approximately 40-48 hours reading and approximately 25-30 hours to complete assessment requirements.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIN), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for the course is: Bartsch R, Aviation Law in Australia (4th ed) Thomson Reuters Lawbook Co, Sydney 2013

The supplementary text for the course is:  Bartsch R, International Aviation Law in Australia Ashgate Publishing, UK,  2012

Preliminary Reading

A Course Study Guide will be available approximately 4 weeks out from the start of the intensive.

An Ebrick will be available.

Assumed Knowledge

Success in the course will be assisted by knowledge of international law, administrative law, aviation law or public international law, or experience in the aviation industry.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1633 14 May 2015 14 May 2015 29 May 2015 14 Jul 2015 In Person N/A

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