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Air Transport Competition Law Blended Learning (subject to change)


Course objectives
As air transport undertakings are increasingly privatised or corporatised, the application of antitrust and competition laws takes on a special significance.

This course aims to provide students with a profound knowledge of EU competition and US antitrust law and policy, as well as case law, while taking into account Competition Law regimes in other parts of the world as well. Topics covered include alliance and joint-ventures, mergers and foreign investment, as well as State aid to airlines and airports.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students:

  • have thorough knowledge and understanding of the key issues of air transport competition law & policy;

  • know the most important case law in the area of air transport competition law & policy;

  • can explain the regulation of the various air transport competition law and policy topics on the international and EU level;

  • can explain the various legal issues pertaining to these topics as addressed under air transport competition law and policy and come with analyses and possible ways of addressing these issues;

  • can apply the rules to cases;

  • can solve practical case studies;

  • are able to undertake an individual research project in the area of public air law.

International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone: +31 71 527 8081

Methods of instruction
Lectures: The course consists of approximately fifteen 2-hour lectures. Attendance at all lectures is mandatory: any absence must always be reported to the Programme Coordinator.

Required preparation: Students are required to read the applicable chapters from Introduction to Air Law (Mendes de Leon, 2017).

The lecturers make good use of debating techniques, which reinforces the student’s knowledge. For the course presentation/paper assessment, students are asked to research a topic of their choice. It requires them to make extensive use of the libraries of Leiden University and other law libraries.

Course materials
Introduction to Air Law (Mendes de Leon, 2017), handouts and suggested reading materials

For face-to-face students, the course is assessed by means of a written paper.

Only one retake may be granted to a student per course. The grade obtained in the retake assessment will replace the grade of the failed assessment and will be included in the weighting of the grade for the course. No retake will be granted to a student who has obtained a weighted average grade for the course of 6.0 or higher.

Course requirements
Admission to the fulltime face-to-face advanced LL.M. programme in Air and Space Law.