• 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 Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, analyse and explain the relevant principles and rules of international law that affect the use of air space and aeronautics, including the major international conventions and case law that govern the carriage by air of passengers, baggage and cargo;
  2. Explain, critically analyse and demonstrate the importance of the Chicago Convention and its relation to public international air law;
  3. Identify, critically examine and apply the concepts and conditions of code sharing and code share agreements and articulate the issues arising from existing international arrangements and evaluate proposals for change;
  4. Demonstrate, through critical analysis and examination, the ability to apply appropriate principles and rules to scenarios involving aviation accidents;
  5. Identify, critically evaluate and apply principles and rules 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; and
  6. Demonstrate, at masters level, the ability to plan and execute a research project applying legal research principles and methodologies through critical, detailed analysis of the relevant conventions and domestic legislation and leading cases from the major common law jurisdictions in complex situations affected by international air laws.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Individual case review or group activity (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Written assignment (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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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 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 Legal Practice (MLEGP) Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). 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

The prescribed texts for this course are:
  • Bartsch R I C, International Aviation Law, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Surrey, England, 2012
  • Bartsch R I C, Aviation Law in Australia (4th ed), Thomson Reuters, Sydney, Australia, 2013

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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.  

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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9471 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online View

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