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Public International Air Law

ASPL 633

3 credits
Public International Air Law.

Air & Space Law: Sources of public international law relating to the air space and its aeronautical uses. International aviation organizations and their law-making functions. Legal responses to aviation terrorism.

Offered by: Air and Space Law

  • Terms
    • Fall 2016
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016 academic year

Description: The course in Public International Air Law examines the relevant principles and rules of international law that affect the use of air space and aeronautics. The following topics are reviewed:

  • Public international law : jurisdiction over persons, territory and airspace, law of treaties, settlement of international disputes, incidents of statehood, law of international organisations;
  • sources of international air law;
  • the relevant international aviation organizations and their law-making functions;
  • the law-making institutions and processes affecting the regime of air space and international air navigational and air transport;
  • the legal regime of the national and international air space;
  • the international standards and recommended practices and domestic laws regulating safety, security, air navigation, airports, and the environment;
  • aircraft accident investigation;
  • the concept of civil and state aircraft;
  • State certification and licensing of aircraft and airmen under international standards;
  • the exchange of air traffic rights; and
  • dispute resolution. 

Download the full course outline - fall 2014 [.doc]

Method of Evaluation: Optional essay (20%) and 80% or 100% final 24-hour take-home examination.  The optional 20% will be based on the student’s performance in on a written 10-12 page essay comparing, contrasting and analyzing material discussed in the text with material outside the assigned text.  Examinations and papers shall be double spaced with 12 point font for the text, and 10 point font for the footnotes, with one-inch margins per page.  The optional essay shall be due on the last scheduled day of class.  Late-submitted essays will not be accepted.  Students shall have 24-hours from the time they pick up the examination to complete and submit it.

Professor Information: Paul S. Dempsey. 3690 Peel Street, Suite 203; Tel. 514-398-8370; Email: paul [dot] dempsey [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Office hours: open door; or contact Ms. Maria D’Amico at maria [dot] damico [at] mcgill [dot] ca or 514 398-5095 to arrange for a meeting at mutually convenient day and time. Also, do not hesitate to contact the Professor via e-mail or after class.

Visiting Lecturers: Several visitors have been invited to the class. The dates of their presentations will be announced during the Semester

Additional materials

PDF icon An Introduction to Air Navigations Services: From Conventional ATC to CNS/ATM [.pdf]

Aviation Safety Regulation [.pdf]

Airport planning and development [.pdf]

Air traffic rights: deregulation and liberalization [.pdf]

Air Navigation [.pdf]

Dispute resolution in international aviation [.pdf] 

Challenges Facing Civil Aviation in the 21st Century [.pdf]

Blacklisting: The Conflict Between National & International Aviation Safety Standards [.pdf]

Office presentation icon Foreign Ownership and Cabotage [.ppt]

The Chicago Convention as a Source of International Law [.pdf]

The Chicago Convention as the Contitution of an International Organization [.pdf]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: US and Canadian Regulatory Approaches [.pdf]

Aviation Security: The Role of International Law [.pdf]

Legal Aspects of Safety Management Systems [.pdf]

Environmental Law and Sustainability in International Aviation [.pdf]

Market-Based Measures in International Civil Aviation [.pdf]

Airport Finance [.pdf]

Government Security Responsibility [.pdf]

Air & Space Law Norms Governing Space Transportation [.pdf]

The Legal Regime Governing Space [.pdf]