LAW5616 - Air and space law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


This unit focuses on the study of air and space law from the perspective of international and comparative law. Air Law covers the rules concerning the status of the airspace and civil aviation activities. Students will study the legal framework on international operation of aircraft, the repression of offences against aircraft, and the liability regime for damage caused by aircraft. Part of the unit will be devoted to the relationship between airlines and passengers. Space law covers the uses of outer space. Students will study the status of this area, the rules for its exploration and exploitation as well as the liability regime covering space activities. Students will also analyze the rules for space applications (satellite telecommunications, satellite TV, earth observation, space flight, military uses).


On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of air and space law, with creativity and initiative to concrete situations;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories of national and international legislation in the core areas of air and space law;
  3. conduct research in air and space law, based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate ideas and arguments relating to national legislation in the core areas of space law.


  • Research assignment (3,750 words): 50% OR
  • Research assignment (2,250 words): 30% and Mini moot court: 10% and presentation on research assignment: 10%


  • Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

Students will be required to attend 36 hours of seminars, and undertake approximately an additional 108 hours of private study, including reading, class preparation, assignment preparation and revision time over the duration of the course.

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