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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 two 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.

Each assignment should have a unique topic.

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.

Mode of Instruction

Assessment method

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

  • 80% of the grade: two written assignments.

  • 20% of the grade: online presentation on one of the two assignments.

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