• 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 Spring Session 2015
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The course in International Aviation Law examines the relevant principles and rules of international law that affect the use of air space and aeronautics. The course focuses on the major international aviation conventions and treaties and case law that govern the carriage by air of passengers, baggage and cargo. The course also considers the laws that establish liability in the event of an air 'accident' involving injury to passengers, or damage and loss of cargo or baggage.

The course will provide lawyers, students at law and aviation professionals with the legal knowledge required to operate more effectively and with more confidence of the legal issues and consequences of their actions in the aviation industry or work within associated industry sectors.

This course, along with Australian Aviation Law, Privatisation and Regulation of Aviation, 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 taken 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 may also be of interest to students with an interest in international law and its application in this important area.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students studying International Aviation Law will be able:
• to gain a detailed understanding of the relevant principles and rules of international law that affect the use of air space and aeronautics;
• to gain an insight into the important Chicago Convention and its relation to public international air law;
• to understand the concepts and conditions of code sharing and code share agreements;
• to recall the major international conventions and case law that govern the carriage by air of passengers, baggage and cargo;
• to make a determination in respect to liability in the event of an air accident involving injury to passengers, or damage and loss of cargo or baggage;
• to develop an ability to apply appropriate principles and rules to scenarios involving aviation accidents.
• to articulate the shortcomings of existing international arrangements and evaluate proposals for change;
• to critically analyse and advise on situations affected by international air laws through detailed analysis of the relevant conventions and domestic legislation, and in-depth study of leading cases from the major common law jurisdictions.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (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

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

Indicative assessment:
  1. Class Participation (10%):Students will be required to participate in the various topics taught in this course.
  2. In class exercise (20%): Students will present a summary and review on either a Public International Law or Private International Law Convention as a basis for class presentations. Students should plan for their class presentation to be approximately 5 minutes in duration.
  3. Essay (70%): All students are required to complete a written essay. Students may choose from a selection of five essay topics which have been chosen from the major areas of International Aviation Law taught in this 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.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Laws (7300) or Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) or Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) or Graduate Diploma in Law.

Prescribed Texts

• Bartsch R, Aviation Law in Australia (4th ed) Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2013
• Bartsch R, International Aviation Law Ashgate Publishing, United Kingdom, 2012
• Milde M, International Air Law and ICAO (2nd ed) Eleven Publishing, Sydney, 2012

Preliminary Reading

The Course Study Guide will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law is a prerequisite for students in Master of Laws in International Law and Master of International Law but not for other students.


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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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1620 08 Oct 2015 08 Oct 2015 23 Oct 2015 24 Nov 2015 In Person N/A

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