UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5230 Aviation Law

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Content The aim of this course is to familiarise course participants with the principles of international aviation law and the incorporation of those principles into domestic Australian law. This will be achieved through an examination of existing treaties and relevant legislation.
Significant issues in international and national air law will also be examined. For example, in the last decade and increasingly in 2014, air law faces new demands including increasing levels of compensation for passenger injury and death (in particular in light of the Malaysia Airlines crashes) and demands that the harm aviation emissions cause to the environment be addressed.
In addition, the unit will involve comparative analyses between aviation law in Australia and other jurisdictions, with a focus on the European Union and those in the Asia Pacific.
The unit will also examine in detail the private law/commercial aspects of aviation law including the sale and purchase of aircraft, aircraft charter and lease agreements, and aircraft finance.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) critically analyse the principles behind and the operation of international aviation treaties and Australian aviation law; (2) demonstrate advanced comprehension of academic writings and analysis of the most important aspects of aviation law; (3) apply knowledge of the complexities of the aviation emissions problem, and treaty-based and other legislative schemes to address specific emissions issues; (4) determine compensation payable to passengers in the event of injury or death, loss of or damage to baggage, or delay, and where and how to bring suit, with reference to the relevant legal instruments; and (5) demonstrate the ability to draft aircraft sale and lease agreements.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) Research essay and (2) Class presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor David Hodgkinson
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