Basic knowledge of International Law and a sufficient command of English.
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.
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
After this course students can:
understand basic principles in the field of air and space law;
discuss the international legal framework of air and space law;
apply the principle international legal instruments in the field of air and space law;
recognize and address legal issues pertaining to air law and space law.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: One 2-hour class per week for 12 weeks
Names of lecturers: Prof. Dr. P.M.J. Mendes de Leon, Mrs. Drs. T.L. Masson-Zwaan, Dhr. T.N. Buissing, Ms. D. Stefoudi
Guest Lecturers: Mr. G. de Vos (AKD).
Required preparation by students: reading designated chapters from the Reader Aerospace Law
- 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 during the course.
Reader Aerospace Law
Incidental additional handouts
P.M.J. Mendes de Leon, An Introduction to Air Law (Kluwer, 10th ed., 2017)
T. Masson-Zwaan & M. Hofmann, Introduction to Space Law (Kluwer 4th ed., 2019)
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.
Coordinator: Mr. Niall Buissing
Work address: KOG, room B4.38
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6564
Institute: Public Law
Department: Institute of Air & Space Law
Room number secretariat: KOG, room B4.37
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00
Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8081
Graduated professionals may attend this course as a Study Abroad student or as Contract student and apply via JPAO.