Comparative Air Law

ASPL 632

3 credits
Comparative Air Law.

Air & Space Law: Comparative approaches to air law. Selected problems of private law not codified by international conventions including product liability; government liability for certification and inspection of aircraft; ATC liability; aviation insurance; fleet financing; leasing.

Offered by: Air and Space Law

  • Terms
    • Winter 2019
  • Instructors
    • Ludwig Weber


The first part of the course provides a general introduction to the comparative law approach and applies some basic concepts of the civil and common law traditions to the field of air law. The second part of the course deals with selected topics where applicable law has not, or only partially, been unified by private international air law conventions and where a comparative approach, based on national laws, must be used to find solutions. The selected topics include: the nature of the contract of carriage, aircraft manufacturers’ liability, State liability for negligent certification of aircraft, air traffic controllers’ liability, and liability for damage caused by aircraft on the ground.

View the Course Outline (2009) [.pdf]

  • Prerequisites: None, however, some knowledge of public international law is assumed
  • Seminar: No
  • Evaluation: refer to the most recent Course Offerings document found on the SAO's Current courses & registration information page, from which the latest exam schedules can also be downloaded.
  • Teaching Hours: Wednesdays: 9:30 am-12:30 pm, NCDH 204
  • Professor Information: Preferred method of communication is by email or by appointment. To make appointments: Phone: (514) 954-8219 ext-6766 or lweber [at] (email) .