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Aerospace Law


Admission requirements

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.

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 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.


See timetable.

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

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 during the course.

Reading list


  • Reader Aerospace Law

  • Incidental additional handouts

Recommended reading:

  • 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.

Contact information


  • 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

  • E-mail:


Graduated professionals may attend this course as a Study Abroad student or as Contract student and apply via JPAO.