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Air transport competition law and policy


Course objectives
As air transport undertakings are increasingly privatised or corporatised, the application of antitrust and competition laws takes on a special significance.

This course aims to provide students with a profound knowledge of EU competition and US antitrust law and policy, as well as case law,while taking into account Competition Law regimes in other parts of the world as well. Topics covered include alliance and joint-ventures, mergers and foreign investment, as well as State aid to airlines and airports.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students:

  • have thorough knowledge and understanding of the key issues of air transport competition law & policy;

  • know the most important case law in the area of air transport competition law & policy;

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

  • can explain the various legal issues pertaining to these topics as addressed under air transport competition law and policy and come with analyses and possible ways of addressing these issues;

  • can apply the rules to cases;

  • can solve practical case studies;

  • are to undertake an individual research project in the area of air transport competition law and policy.

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
Lectures: This course consists of approximately fifteen 2-3 hour lectures.
Required preparation: Students are required to read the applicable chapters from the reader

The lectures encourage students’ participation by active questioning and also encourage discussions regarding the differences of the EU and US practice in comparison with other jurisdictions. For the paper assessment, students are asked to research a topic of their choice.

Course materials
Reader and handouts


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

  • Blended learning students will follow lectures during the first two weeks of the semester and will then work on three assignments to be submitted via e-mail.

Course requirements
Master degree in law