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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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;
- Explain, critically analyse and demonstrate the importance of the Chicago Convention and its relation to public international air law;
- 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;
- Demonstrate, through critical analysis and examination, the ability to apply appropriate principles and rules to scenarios involving aviation accidents;
- 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
- 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.
- Individual case review or group activity (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- 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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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe 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 ReadingStudents 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.
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