Air & Space Law: Interdisciplinary analysis of the legal issues confronting airlines in such areas as economics, finance, securities, bankruptcy, pricing, marketing, distribution, alliances, joint-ventures and competition.
Offered by: Air and Space Law
- Fall 2017
- Kuan-Wei Chen
This course, taught through a combination of interactive seminars and presentations by invited guest lecturers, introduces the student to an interdisciplinary analysis of the business and legal issues confronting airlines. Focus will be on such areas as economics, finance, securities, bankruptcy, pricing, marketing, distribution, alliances, joint-ventures and competition.
This course weaves the legal and regulatory issues airlines face into business principles of economics, finance, planning, operations, marketing, distribution, pricing, labour, cost containment, and inter-corporate alliances. Relationships with airports, travel agents, computer reservations systems, and government also are explored, as are international dimensions of commercial air transportation. Economic theory and regulatory and policy issues involving safety, antitrust, licensing, securities issuances, aircraft finance, employment, environment, and sustainability are further examined.
Download the course outline of Airline Business and Law.
Method of Evaluation:
- 10% will be based on class participation and a 10 minute presentation on a topic of your choice that is listed in the Outline.
- 20% of the final grade will be based on a 7-10 page essay on one of the topics listed in the Outline. The essay should be double spaced, 12 point font Times New Roman (10 point for footnotes), and is due on the last day of class. It can be the same topic as the presentation.
- 70% of the grade in this course will be based on student performance on the final 24-hour take-home examination.
Professor Information: Kuan-Wei (David) Chen: kuan-wei.chen [at] mcgill.ca (kuan-wei.chen@mcgill[dot]ca)
Office hours: Room 207, 3690 Peel Street (before class) or please contact me by email.
Outline: Law school should prepare students to serve the needs of their clients. This course attempts to provide students with the necessary skills to serve the needs of commercial airlines and related industries. As such, this is more than a class in law. It is a class in business, economics, finance, marketing, law, regulation, history and policy. The emphasis is one of the world’s most important industries—commercial aviation.
The New Frontier (January 2014) [.pdf]
Airline Alliances: Why they form, how they work, how to improve them (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
Air Carrier Regulation: The US, EU, UK and Canadian examples (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
Airline Bankruptcies: the Post-Deregulation Epidemic (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
Airline Financial Woes: the Cyclical Crisis in Commercial Aviation (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
Competition and Antitrust Laws (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
The Airline Business (Oct 2013) [.pdf]
Airline Alliances (Nov 2011) [.pdf]
Supportable Capacity [.pdf]
Flying through turbulence [.pdf]