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Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Aviation Law: Domestic & International Aspects (LAW-858-001)
James Devall

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (We) - Room Y250

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 22

Administrator Access


Assessment: Paper,Class Participation,Other


The U.S. domestic aviation industry has undergone dramatic change in the almost 40 years since the legal structure of the industry was de-regulated. Today, the industry again is subject to expanding regulatory pressures, particularly with respect to safety and security, as well as competition law, and the course will examine these changes and economic issues facing the industry. Internationally, for over 70 years the worldwide aviation industry has been subject to a complex structure of multilateral and bilateral agreements and treaties, as well as national regulation. That international regulatory scheme continues to undergo major changes as a result of the U.S. “open skies” policy, European Union de-regulation, the U.S.-Europe multilateral aviation agreement, regional regulatory proposals elsewhere in the world, airline privatization, airline mergers, and airline alliances. Combining history, economic and political considerations, and the legal framework for the domestic and international aviation industries, the course will review the background of the current regulatory scheme, the policy and legal implications of recent and anticipated changes in that regulatory scheme, the conflicts among nations and airlines as to the appropriate legal structure for the industry, and the legal constraints on business relationships within the airline industry.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Course materials consist of the compilation of materials available through the school, either printed or on line, as well as materials distributed in class. No textbook is required for this class.

First Class Readings

There is no reading assignment for the first class.There will be no examinations in the course. A paper, 8-10 pages in length, double spaced, will be required, with prior consultation and approval of the topic by the Professor. While the course is a 2 credit course, an additional 1 credit may be earned for a longer paper (30-35 pages in length, double spaced), subject to an approved Independent Study Contract form. The longer paper also qualifies for the Upper Level Writing Requirement. Grades are based on class attendance and participation, as well as the written paper.


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