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AVN3109 International Aviation Law

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: International Aviation Law
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090999 - Law not elsewhere classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Dale Hooper


Pre-requisite: AVN2102


It is widely agreed that activities within the Aviation industry occur within one of the most extensive and strictly regulated environment and such operations often encompass issues beyond national borders due to the nature of air travel. It is therefore important to be fully aware of national and international legal and regulatory responsibilities so that aviation professionals can perform daily aviation activities with confidence while dealing with highly technical and complex regulatory issues. This is the second course on Aviation law with a strong emphasis on the formation and some other legal aspects in the context of international aviation.


This is the second course on aviation law and it aims to provide a broad and coherent body of knowledge on aviation law in the international context. This course introduces the principles of international aviation law and relevant international treaties and legislations. The topics include, but not limited to, The Chicago Convention, Multilateral agreements, Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, Sovereignty, freedoms of the air and open sky agreements. The course will maintain a pragmatic and practical approach throughout the offering of the course by placing a stronger focus on the application of civil aviation regulatory practices in commercial aviation sectors and where applicable by reviewing various aviation-related cases to illustrate legal principles.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. articulate detailed knowledge of, and ability to utilise, the principles of international Aviation Law and its relevant international treaties and legislation
  2. display detailed knowledge of, and ability to consider, the legal responsibilities of aviation regulators and other personnel
  3. demonstrate operational perspectives of the application of International Aviation Law
  4. critically analyse aviation accidents using relevant rules and regulations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. International regulatory framework 10.00
2. Principles of international aviation law 10.00
3. Relevant international treaties and legislation 10.00
4. Various branches of law applicable to international aviation 40.00
5. Case studies. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 96.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 16 Jul 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 16 Jul 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at