• Class Number 4642
  • Term Code 3150
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Ronald Bartsch
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/07/2021
  • Class End Date 01/10/2021
  • Census Date 06/08/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 20/07/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

A distinctive feature of the research in this course is the ability for the student to identify (subject to lecturer approval) and research a published judicial judgment relating to an aviation matter. This provides an opportunity for the student to select a case that has particular interest to the student in terms of area of research interest in aviation law or an area which relates to the nature of their (aviation) work environment.

Required Resources

An E-brick will be available on the Wattle site.

Students are not required to purchase these resources. However you may find them useful – copies are available in the library. Some recommended resources for this course are:

·      Bartsch R I C, International Aviation Law (2nd ed) Routledge, Surrey, England, 2018

·      Bartsch R I C, Aviation Law in Australia (5th ed), Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2019

·      Rothwell & Crawford, International Law in Australia, (3rd ed), Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2017

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions, late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Further Information about the course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The course will run over 6 weeks from Monday 19 July 2021 with two topics covered each week. Classes will run each Monday and Wednesday for the six weeks, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Pre-reading as suggested Week 1 – Session 1 Introduction to International Aviation Law
2 Week 1 – Session 2 The Regulation of Aviation
3 Week 2 – Session 1 Public & Private International Law
4 Week 2 – Session 2 Airspace
5 Week 3 – Session 1 Commercial law
6 Week 3 – Session 2 Carriage by Air
7 Week 4 – Session 1 Judicial decisions on the Montreal Convention
8 Week 4 – Session 2 Airline-airport operations and maintenance organisations
9 Week 5 – Session 1 Class presentations
10 Week 5 – Session 2 Class presentations
11 Week 6 – Session 1 Aviation security
12 Week 6 – Session 2 Air Traffic management

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online Participation 10 % * 30/08/2021 1,2,3,4
Individual Case Review and Class Presentation 20 % 13/08/2021 23/08/2021 2,4,5
Research Essay 70 % 13/09/2021 11/10/2021 1,2,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the graduate program. Students are expected to attend all classes.


If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online Participation

Assessment Criteria: based on the value of contribution rather than the volume of contribution. An average of a quality fortnightly contribution would be considered reasonable. Criteria for this assessment will be related to the following:

  1. Familiarity and competency in the interpretation of legal principles and/or legal precedent
  2. Use and familiarity of legal terminology
  3. Logical and cohesive discussion, comment, argument and construction and application of the law to online discussion topics
  4. Conclusion and reasons for opinion, point of view and/or decisions etc.

Estimated return date: Monday 30 August 2021.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 13/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5

Individual Case Review and Class Presentation

Task: Students must identify a legal case (either a court judgment or tribunal decision) that satisfies the following criteria. The case:

  1. must relate to an international aviation law matter
  2. must be a judgment or decision of a court, tribunal or coronial inquiry
  3. must be approved by the lecturer before 2nd August 2021.


For each approved case the following information must be provided within the written submission for the case summary/overview:

  1. full citation of the case (1 mark)
  2. court/tribunal or coronial which made the judgment/decision/inquiry (1 mark)
  3. date(s) and location of the hearing or trial (1 mark)
  4. judge(s), tribunal members or coroners involved in the matter (1 mark)
  5. legal representation (if any) of all the parties to the matter (1 mark)
  6. Facts – a summary of all the relevant facts of the case (5 marks)
  7. Legal issues – a summary of the nature of the proceedings, previous hearings in this matter (if any) and all the main legal issues raised by the parties in this matter (20 marks)
  8. Decision – a summary of the decision and reasons for the decision including any orders or awards made in the decision (10 marks)

Students will be marked on the quality of their written submission. They will also be required to present their findings. More information as to the presentation will be provided in class.

Length: Maximum of 1500 words.

Due date: 5pm Friday 13 August 2021. Late submissions without an extension are permitted, although late penalties will apply. All assignments are due on this date.

Estimated return date: Monday 23 August 2021.

Assessment criteria: Assessment and weighing of case review will be as allocated in the above 8 points with a focus on the appropriate use and application of legal terminology and correct referencing and citation of the case selected.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 13/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6

Research Essay

Task: The research essay relates to a contemporary legal issue within an aviation-related context.

Release: Students will have a selection of topics for the essay. The essay topics will be released via Wattle by Sunday 8 August 2021.

Due date: 5pm Monday 13 September 2021. Late submissions without an extension are permitted, although late penalties will apply.

Length: 4500 words

Estimated return date: Monday 11 October 2021. 

Assessment Criteria:

a)     Understanding of the law and relevant issues (30%)

  • addresses the question and covers all the important points
  • evidence of close consideration of the question and the research materials drawn on
  • issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified
  • material chosen relates clearly to the topic and is analysed not just summarised or quoted extensively
  • outline of the legal concepts and identify relevant law from both case law and legislation

b)     Communication & Development of Argument (20%)

  • discuss application of the law and analysis of the law to a particular scenario provided
  • clear theme or argument, ideally outlined at the beginning of the piece and running throughout
  • arguments logical and well-organised in support of the clear theme or argument
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently in support of the clear theme or argument

c)     Argument/Analysis (40%)

  • analyse the findings and come up with a conclusion and detailed reasons for decision
  • originality of ideas and critical analysis of the material
  • complexity and insight in dealing with theory/ideas
  • suggestions for change where appropriate
  • addressing opposing arguments


d)     Presentation, style and referencing (10%)

  • good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • full and accurate footnotes together with a bibliography
  • style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • adherence to word limit
  • adherence to principles of academic honesty and academic integrity

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Ronald Bartsch

Research Interests

Prof. Ronald Bartsch AM, BA (Syd), BSc (Syd), LLB (UNSW), LLM (UTS), MPhil (Syd), DipEd (Syd)


For more than 35 years Prof. Ron Bartsch has been active in commercial aviation in a variety of senior operational and management roles including Chief Pilot, Chief Flying Instructor, safety regulator, airline executive and aviation consultant. Admitted to practice as a Barrister to the High Court of Australia back in 1993, and as a senior lecturer in aviation law for over 25 years, Ron has extensive experience in aviation law.


Further, Ron has accumulated approximately 7,000 hours flying experience with endorsements on some twenty multi-engine aircraft types from Cessna through to corporate jets and the Boeing 717. Ron was previously Head of Safety for Qantas Airways Limited as Group General Manager Safety, Compliance and Operational Risk. As the former Manager Air Transport Operations with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Sydney he had the regulatory oversight responsibility for major Australian airlines.


Mr Bartsch is currently Managing Director of AvLaw Pty Ltd, an international aviation consultancy firm, and a Director of Regional Express Holdings, Australia’s largest independent regional airline and Chair of the Board Safety and Risk Management Committee. Ron is also Chairman of Onesafe Aviation Risk Management Pty Ltd. Ron was a part-time member (with aviation expertise) of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and completed a research thesis in the legal issues associated with establishing a regulatory framework for remotely piloted systems or UAVs.


Ron presents widely at international conferences and has published more than 100 aviation-related papers and is author of Aviation Law in Australia (5th ed) 2019 (launch by the Hon Justice Michael Kirby). and International Aviation Law (2nd ed) 2018 and for the aviation title in The Laws of Australia and Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. Ron’s international publication Drones In Society: Exploring the strange new world of unmanned aircraft (London) was released in 2017 and most recently The Corona Dilemma: 20-20 Thinking for the Next Normal was released internationally in 2021.


Prof. Ron Bartsch was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Australia Day Honours for significant contributions to aviation law, safety and compliance.

Ronald Bartsch

By Appointment

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