• Offered by ANU 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:

  1. Identify, explain and distinguish between various forms of regulatory approaches used in the aviation industry, reflecting on their various rationales and critically examined their effectiveness;
  2. Demonstrate understanding through distinguishing and critically evaluating the nature and motivations for privatisation in the aviation industry and impacts on the regulatory environment;
  3. Explain and critically examine the extent to which airports present an exception or model for anticipating the regulatory challenges faced in privatisation;
  4. Identify and critically evaluate various options for reducing aviation emissions in Australia through examining the options pursued domestically and internationally;
  5. Critically identify and review 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.
  6. Be able to put other regulatory issues faced by aviation and similar industries into context so as to analyse the effectiveness of regulatory options.
  7. Demonstrate, at masters level, the ability to plan and execute a research project to demonstrate legal research principles and methodologies by applying critical analysis and application of legal principles and practice to complex matters arising in the regulation of aviation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Pre-class familiarisation assignment (1600 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Research essay (6,500 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), 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), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), 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); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Preliminary Reading

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


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

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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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