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Practicum Blended Learning


Admission requirements

Admission to the parttime Blended Learning advanced LL.M. programme in Air and Space Law.


In this practicum students will choose one assignments out of the three following options:

  1. Write an academic legal article for a Law Journal on a topical air or space law subject of choice. Students will follow an article-style structure as to which we refer to articles which magazines such as Air & Space Law, Zeitschrift fur Luft und Weltraumrecht, Journal of Air Law and Commerce and Journal of Space Law have published.
  2. Produce an academic research paper or analytical report on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry or a specific component thereof in a specific jurisdiction. Or: produce an academic research paper or analytical report on a space law topic discussing COVID-19, such as the use of space assets to support healthcare or education efforts in areas that have been hard-hit by the pandemic.
  3. Reflect in a paper on what they've learnt in the master's programme discussing the field challenges they face (or will face) in their past, current or future role in the field of air and space law. Students will ask one or more alumni, guest lecturers, blended learners or other practitioners to serve as a mentor and they will also conduct interviews to be able to discuss a certain case from various perspectives. This case can be a specific challenge in air or space law, brought up by the student, an employer, a mentor or interviewee. Students will address how they would handle the case, focusing on legal aspects and argumentation.

Course Objectives

  • Apply the relevant air or space laws and policies and solve practical case studies.

  • Undertake an individual research project in the field of space law.

  • Have obtained an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the (complexity of the) subject matter.

  • Are able to explain the various interdisciplinary aspects of the topics addressed and to come with analyses and possible ways of addressing these issues, and to present these.

  • Use a multidisciplinary approach to discuss legal questions.


Students take this course at their own pace after completion of the first year.

Assessment method

The course will be passed with a score of 5.5 average or higher. The grade for the assingment and the grade for the presentation should both be sufficient (5.5>). The final grade will be calculated as follows:

  • 80% of the grade: written assignment.

  • 20% of the grade: online presentation on the above assignment.

After completion of the assignment and presentation, only one retake may be granted to a student per course. No retake will be granted to a student who has obtained a weighted average grade for the course of 6.0 or higher, cf Article 12.2 Course and Examination Regulations. 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. If after the retake of the assignment or the presenation the weighted average grade for the course is still less than 6.0 the student will have failed the course.

Reading list

No specific reading list will be provided. Students are expected to use the relevant law articles, treaties, case studies and other scientific resources for their research and discussion of the relevant theories.


Students will be registered automatically for the course in uSis and Brightspace.


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


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lockdown regulations, all information contained within this course description is subject to change up to 1 September 2020.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where they do not impinge the interests of the students. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.