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Aerospace Law


Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of International Law


The course on Aerospace Law deals with multilateral and bilateral aviation agreements, airline liability, EU air law and aviation security law as well as space law, covering the legal aspects of various space activities, both private and public.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course: – To provide an overview of the main legal instruments and issues in the fields of public air law, private air law and space law; – To provide a general overview of the regulation of international civil aviation – To explain the principles of airline liability – To provide an overview of legal issues in relation to space activities and the use of outer space

Achievement levels:
After this course students: – have a good understanding of the principle international legal instruments in trhe abovementioned fields and are able to epxlain their applicability; – can mention and explain current legal issues pertaining to air law and space law.


See timetable.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: One 2-hour class per week for 10 weeks

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. Dr. P.M.J. Mendes de Leon, Mrs. Drs. T.L. Masson-Zwaan, Dhr. Drs. W. M. Oude Alink.

  • Guest Lecturers: Mr. G. de Vos (AKD Prinsen van Wijnen N.V.); Mr. O. Rijsdijk (CAE Aviation Training BV)

  • Required preparation by students: Basic knowledge of International Law, Reader Aerospace Law

Examination form(s)

  • Open book exam.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The reader and the subjects taught in the lectures, and all other instructions and information that are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list


  • Reader Aerospace Law

  • Incidental additional handouts

Recommended course materials:

  • I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor, and P.M.J. Mendes de Leon, An Introduction to Air Law (Kluwer, 9th ed., 2012)

  • I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor, and V. Kopal, An Introduction to Space Law (Kluwer, 3rd ed., 2008)


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Ms. Paula van der Wulp

  • Work address: KOG, room A.314

  • Contact information:

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7724

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Public International Law

  • Division: Institute of Air & Space Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room A3.14

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7724

  • E-mail:


Graduated professionals may attend this course as a Contract student via JPAO