• Offered by ANU 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 Summer Session 2018
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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.
This course provides 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. It focuses 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:

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the structure of legal systems, and relevant branches of law, in Australia and internationally, in their regulation of, and application and relationship to aviation activities;
  2. Demonstrate advanced understanding and knowledge of the international legal and regulatory framework for civil aviation, including international conventions, that regulate international and domestic aviation
  3. Identify, synthesise and critically examine the process for adoption and implementation of international standards in aviation;
  4. Investigate, analyse, critically evaluate and explain legal regulation and related legal issues under which civil aviation agencies, airlines, airport operators, other aviation personnel and those employed by them, operate; and
  5. Plan, design and individually execute a research based project that identifies and critically examines aspects of the regulation of aviation law, adoption of international requirements and regulation of relationships, using relevant research principles and techniques to provide practical solutions to complex problems.

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. A case review (individual work) or group activity (with individual work): (40%) – learning outcomes – learning outcomes 1 - 4
  2. A written assignment - 4000 words: (60%) – all learning outcomes
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). 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, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising 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 (NLLIL), 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. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is:
  • Bartsch R I C, Aviation Law in Australia (4th ed), Thomson Reuters, Sydney, Australia, 2013

Preliminary Reading

The required pre-reading for this course is the first two chapters of Aviation Law in Australia (4thed). A further reference text for this course is:
  • Bartsch R I C, International Aviation Law, Ashgate Publishing, United Kingdom, 2012

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.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1878 12 Feb 2018 12 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2018 29 Mar 2018 In Person N/A

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