Aviation Law : Law School : The University of Western Australia

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Aviation Law

The aim of the 5-day Aviation Law course is to familiarise course participants with the principles of international aviation law and the incorporation of those principles into domestic Australian law. This will be achieved through an examination of existing treaties and relevant legislation. Significant issues in international and national air law will also be examined. For example, in the last decade and increasingly in 2014, air law faces new demands including increasing levels of compensation for passenger injury and death (in particular in light of the Malaysia Airlines crashes) and demands that the harm aviation emissions cause to the environment be addressed. In addition, the unit will involve comparative analyses between aviation law in Australia and other jurisdictions, with a focus on the European Union and those in the Asia Pacific. The unit will also examine in detail the private law/commercial aspects of aviation law including the sale and purchase of aircraft, aircraft charter and lease agreements, and aircraft finance.

 As a result of the course, students will be able to (1) critically analyse the principles behind and the operation of international aviation treaties and Australian aviation law; (2) demonstrate advanced comprehension of academic writings and analysis of the most important aspects of aviation law; (3) apply knowledge of the complexities of the aviation emission problem, and treaty-based and other legislative schemes to address specific emission issues; (4) determine compensation payable to passengers in the event of injury or death, loss of or damage to baggage, or delay, and where and how to bring suit, with reference to the relevant legal instruments; and (5) demonstrate the ability to draft aircraft sale and lease agreements.

The course involves a series of lectures and seminars, together with individual presentations and a group exercise on the final day involving the design of a legal mechanism to address the aviation emission problem. 

Details and Registration

8 - 12 January 2018
Venue: The University of Western Australia

2.94, Law Postgraduate Teaching Room
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $2,530.00 x 3 day short course

Workshop presenter and short course coordinator

Assist Prof David HodgkinsonDavid Hodgkinson, Associate Professor
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Philosophy degree (with a thesis on treaty interpretation). He has taught constitutional law at universities including the Australian National University, and has taught international law and international relations at other Australian universities.

David is a regular contributor to international aviation publications and has been published in journals including Air & Space Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal and Asia Law. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research and is a contributor to Air & Space Law on aviation developments in Australia and New Zealand. Further information: The Hodgkinson Group



Continuing Professional Points (CPD)

  • Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six points in Competency Area 4.


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Before registration closing date - an administrative charge of 20% of registration will be deducted
After registration closing date and up to one day before the event - a cancellation fee of 50% will apply
No refund is available for non-attendance