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Public Air Law


Course objectives
This course aims to provide students with a profound knowledge of Public Air Law themes that relate to safety, security and the environment. This includes rules pertaining to air traffic management and aviation safety, aviation security law – including its treaties – aircraft accident investigation and global market base measures (MBM) in relation to aviation emissions. More recent developments such as drones, cybersecurity and GDPR are also covered.

Air Navigation Services • Use of Airspace • Automation • Unmanned Airspace Systems • Aviation Security Law • Safety Regulations • Environmental Issues • Aircraft Accident Investigation • Brexit • Cybersecurity • Drones • GDPR

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students:

  • have thorough knowledge and understanding of the key issues of public air law;

  • know the most important case law in the area of public air law;

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

  • can explain the various legal issues pertaining to the regulation as addressed under public air law 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
Website: www.iiasl.aero
Contact: airandspace@law.leidenuniv.nl

Methods of instruction
Lectures: The course consists of approximately thirty 2-hour lectures.
Required preparation: Students are required to read the applicable chapters from Introduction to Air Law.

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, handouts and suggested reading materials


  • For face-to-face students: group assignment

    • Written position paper - 50%
    • Oral negotiations - 50%*
  • Blended learning students will follow the first two weeks of the course and will then work on assignments to be submitted via email. The course is successfully passed if an average of 6 among the assignments is obtained. No exam is required if a weighted average of 6 is obtained for the assignments.

Course requirements
Master degree in law