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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 criminal air 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 an general overview on 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 for outer space

Achievement levels:
After this course students

  • have a good understanding the principle international legal instruments in these fields and are able to explain their applicability.

  • 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 LL.M.

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

  • Required preparation by students: , reading designated chapters from the Reader Aerospace Law

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Open book exam with open questions.

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


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list


  • Reader Aerospace Law

  • Incidental additional handouts

Recommended reading:

  • 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 Kopal, V., An Introduction to Space Law (Kluwer, 3rd ed.2008)


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.

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:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: 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 Study Abroad student and apply via the Admission Office.