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Unit Overview


The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with the principles of international aviation law and the incorporation of those principles into domestic Australian law. This is achieved through an examination of existing treaties and relevant legislation. Significant issues in international and national air law are 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 involves 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 also examines 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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) class presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Master of Public Policy students and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students who do not have a legal background take LAWS4227 Foundations of Law as a prerequisite so as to more fully comprehend and understand the unit.
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