• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines various topics relating to the regulation of airports and aviation generally. It examines the role of privatisation in the aviation industry, including the underlying economic and public policy reasons for privatisation, public and transactional law issues, and approaches used in Australia and elsewhere for privatisation in aviation industry.

It then considers the economic regulation of aviation, considering the role of economic regulation in its application to competition and infrastructure issues in the aviation industry. The course then considers some of the environmental impacts of the aviation industry and the role of both domestic and international approaches to curbing emissions, noise impacts and planning generally.

This course, along with Australian Aviation Law, International Aviation Law, and Space Law, is available to students to develop a specialised knowledge of the legal frameworks applying in the aviation industry. It is designed as a follow up for students who have undertaken the Australian Aviation Law as a way to build on their understanding of the sources of aviation law applicable both in Australia and internationally. It will also be of interest to students with an interest in environmental and planning law and its application in this important area, or those with an interest in regulation generally.  

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course students will:
• Be able to identify and distinguish between various forms of regulatory approaches used in the aviation industry, reflecting on their various rationales and critically examined their effectiveness;
• Develop their understanding of the nature and motivations for privatisation in the Aviation industry and how this has changed the regulatory environment.
• Consider the extent to which airports present an exception or model for anticipating the regulatory challenges faced in privatisation.
• Have explored the various options for reducing aviation emissions in Australia through examining the options pursued domestically and internationally;
• Have explored the relationship between noise management and planning laws around airports and aviation, the policy tools available to manage noise and the various approaches at a domestic and international level.
• Be able to put other regulatory issues faced by aviation and similar industries into context so as to analyse the effectiveness of regulatory options.
• Have further developed their research and writing skills.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from 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, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
1. Pre-class familiarisation assignment (2000 words) 20%
2. Research essay (6000-8000 words) 80%

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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24 contact hours of face to face teaching over 4 days.  The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, intensive and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8568 (non-lawyers only) and LAWS8587 (non-lawyers only)

Preliminary Reading

Reading materials will be prepared and available as an e-brick to students.

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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.

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