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.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS530. 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;


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS530 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
Solicitor's advice
Research paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.