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LAW4102 - Air law 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


The main legal principles governing the carriage of passengers and goods by air (and to an extent by land) within Australia. Liability of air carriers for the death and personal injury of passengers under Part IV of the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959, liability of carriers and freight forwarders in the carriage of cargo by air, liability of government aviation authorities, aviation products liability and environmental law relating to aircraft noise. Aerial hijacking and other unlawful interference with aircraft and aviation facilities.


On completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. an appreciation of how federal law regulates the Australian aviation industry;
  2. a knowledge and understanding of the law of carriage as it relates principally to domestic air transport;
  3. an appreciation of how public and private law interacts to regulate a particular kind of commercial activity;
  4. an awareness of deficiencies in laws and regulatory structures and the ability to discuss plausible solutions;
  5. an ability to provide reasoned legal appraisals of carriage by air claims; and
  6. improved skills in written and oral legal communication and research.


Research assignment (3500 words): 35%
Take-home examination: 65% OR Take home examination: 100%

Contact hours

Two hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102


LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202