74768 - Air Law

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student has a good knowledge of the basic elements of Air Law on a national and international level, and knows how to develop the ability and how to understand and analyse case law relevant to the field of Air Law.

Course contents

1. Air Navigation Authorities and International bodies: Italian Civil Aviation Authority, Enav, ICAO, Ecac.

2. Airport Infrastructure Management.

3. Air Navigation Services in the European and International Context. The 1944 Chicago Convention. The International Civil Aviation Organization.

4. Access to the European Air Transport market and the liberalization of the latter. Code sharing agreements and frequent flyer programs.

5. The contract of carriage by air of passengers and cargo and air carrier liability (Varsavia Convention 1929; Montreal Convention 1999; EC Regulations 2027/97 and 2002/889).

6. Aviation insurance. Aviation hull all risk insurance and insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft.

7. The discipline of the Overbooking (EC Regulation 261/2004).


Il diritto aeronautico, III edition, Masutti A., TORINO, G. Giappichelli, 2020, pp. 304, ISBN: 9788892135420

Attendance will be verified by signature of a roll. Continued attendance will result in shortening of the course.

Further recommended reading "The Aviation & Space Journal", provides updates on recent legislation and jurisprudence at a national, European and International level ("The Aviation & Space Journal", PDF file available at the following website: www.aviationspacejournal.com).

The Journal, edited by the Professor, and its website offer information regarding conferences meetings and other events in the aviation sector.

The students could publish articles on the Journal subject to the evaluation of the ASJ Board.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods will be based on frontal lessons. Considering the characteristics of the course, attendance is highly recommended.

The lectures are interactive and students are expected to participate in the discussions.

The course also provides seminars and conferences on Aviation matters held by specialist lawyers, to study in depth the current issues on the subject together with a concrete and practical approach. 

Students could evaluate with the Professor the possibility to participate in Moot Courts organised by the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation from India and the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University in the Netherlands (www.iiasl.aero).

Course materials may also be found on-line on AlmaDL web portal, periodically updated.

The lessons of the first semester will be provided as described at the following Internet address: https://dsg.unibo.it/en/teaching/projects-and-teaching-methodologies/teaching-modes-at-dsg-on-i-semester-a-y-2020-2021

Prof. Masutti does not give lectures on Friday.


Attendance at classes is required in order to present thesis in Air Law.

Assessment methods

Oral exams will be held for each academic year and will be comprised of three questions per candidate.

Students attending at least 50% of the lessons held will be questioned on TWO subjects (out of THREE questions) relating to three chapters that the student will choose from the seven listed above.

Intermediate tests can be agreed with the Professor.

The aim of the oral exam is to test the student's ability to apply his/her knowledge and to make the necessary logical-deductive connections.

Graduation of the final vote:

  • Preparation on a very limited number of topics covered in the course, analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the professor, expression in language that is generally correct → 18-19;
  • Preparation on a limited number of topics covered in the course, ability to analyse independently just on purely executive issues, expression in correct language → 20-24;
  • Preparation on a large number of topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29;
  • Substantially comprehensive preparation on the topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and linking, full command of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflect → 30-30L

Teaching tools

Video projector, overhead projection, slides, PC.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Masutti