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Private Air Law


The course deals with Private Law developments, with the Montreal Convention and Warsaw regime of liability, that is for compensation with respect to third parties on the ground, rights and securities in aircraft, liability of air traffic controllers, product liability and insurance, manufacturers and operators of airports and legislation as well as court decisions and applications of these rules in practice. Special attention will be paid to consumer protection measures in the EU, including the application of EU regulation 261/2004 on denied boarding, cancellation and delay of flights; the principal international conventions (Geneva 1948; Cape Town 2001) and financial transactions pertaining to aircraft and parts of aircraft will be addressed, in particular by Mr. B. Crans, a practicing lawyer, and other eminent practitionars in this field.


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

The course will consist of approximately 25 lectures. The lecturers make good use of debating techniques, which reinforces the student’s knowledge. In the course practical, students are asked to research and compare cases and country or region-bound differences by writing papers and presentations, using different forms of media. It requires them to make extensive use of the libraries of Leiden University and other law libraries. In addition, they can rely upon the extensive network and relations of the Institute in order to resolve liability cases, pertaining to liability in International Air Transport, which enhances their communication and networking skills.

Students may also participate in the private air law moot court competition, see the course “Moot court competition” for more information.

Course materials

Syllabus and handouts


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

  • Blended learning students will follow the first two weeks of the course and will then work on assignments to be submitted via internet. No exam is required if an average of 6 is obtained for the assignments.

Course requirements

Master degree in law