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European aerospace law


This course examines recent developments in Air and Space Law, with particular reference to Europe and the European institutional context. At the present time, such recent developments include EU & European Space Agency programmes; aviation safety issues including the Revised Eurocontrol Convention and the Galileo program; Emission Trade Systems at a European and world wide level; EU air transport liberalisation and EU Competition Law as applied to air and space activities; Transatlantic (EU-US) and world wide liberalisation developments; and topical issues such as airline alliances, airport privatization, slot allocation and trading; environmental protection, financing and leasing of aircraft related transactions; the establishment and competencies of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); liability of aviation infrastructure service providers; and the application of world-wide air carrier liability rules in a European context.


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 7671
Fax: +31 71 527 7600

Contact: Wouter Oude Alink,


The course will consist of approximately 15 lectures. The course is marked by intensive interaction between lecturers and students. Presentations are followed by active discussion, in which students present cases and examples from their own background. Since the students are from different (often non-European) countries they get the opportunity to question and compare the situation they are familiar with, to the approach taken by the EU.


Syllabus and handouts


  • For face-to-face students, the course is assessed by means of an oral presentation and a written paper.

  • Blended learning students will follow part of the lectures, and will write a paper and submit a powerpoint presentation via internet.


Master degree in law


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