CUS530 International Air Law (8)

This subject will provide an in-depth study of the various aspects of international air law including the contemporary aviation environment, the institutional framework and the fundamental legal principles as set out in the Chicago Convention and other multilateral and bilateral instruments. 

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
Centre for Customs and Excise Studies
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and discuss critically the main legal principles which govern civil aviation in the context of the impact on international trade flows and border regulation;
  • be able to locate and use key international instruments and research appropriate compliance responses to international air law and apply that research to practical and theoretical situations that they may face as border regulators and/or managers;
  • be able to identify and explain the practical impact on border regulation and management of international air law including analysing and critically assessing the regulatory frameworks of different countries against best practice and established international standards;
  • be able to formulate appropriate and well-developed policy and legal advice for border managers and/or regulators on the application of international conventions on different aspects of aviation, space travel and transport and to be able to communicate that advice to others;
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The contemporary aviation environment
  • The institutional framework
  • Fundamental principles of international air law
  • Jurisdiction
  • Traffic rights and air service agreements
  • Use of force against civil aviation
  • The use of force by states against civil aircraft
  • Hijacking and air rage
  • Liability Issues
  • Liability for damage and injury to passengers
  • Interpreting the Warsaw Convention
  • Carriage of goods by air
  • Clearance of passengers and goods
  • Rules governing the use of outer space
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.