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Subject: AVIATION LAW (A.A. 2024/2025)

single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 5
Teaching units Unit Diritto aeronautico
Training activities in similar subject fields or in fields integrating the basic and distinctive ones, also relating to context cultures and interdisciplinary training (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: IUS/06 CFU: 6
Teachers: Simone VERNIZZI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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The course aims to provide knowledge of Air Law in the aspects of private and public law and its multiple dimensions (internal, EU and international), through the study of its institutions, conducted directly on the legislation, the forms of international practice and principal judicial and arbitration cases. In this specific context, particular attention is paid to the study of the rights of the air transport users and to the aviation safety (safety), through the study of an important monograph in the field of aircraft accidents and incidents investigation.

Admission requirements

Respect for introductory exams. Knowledge of the law of obligations and contracts, insurance law, conventional and customary international law, EU law.

Course contents

Sources and characteristics
The national and international civil aviation and aeronautical institutions
The airport manager and other airport operators
The air transport services and the process of liberalization
The liberalization of handling services
Slots and the slot allocation
The aircraft
The operator of the aircraft
The contracts for the use of the aircraft
In particular, the contract of carriage by air: the content of the contract and the carrier's liability
The liability for damage to third parties on the surface
Aviation insurance: tips
The reform of the aeronautical part of the Italian code of navigation
Air transport users protection
The aviation safety: the aviation safety rules and the aircraft accidents and incidents investigations rules.

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered face-to-face with frontal lessons in Italian.The course includes institutional lectures interspersed with comments to legislation and case law rulings, case studies and periodical informal learning audits. Attendance at the lessons is not compulsory.

Assessment methods

Testing is conducted regularly through informal exercises and, at the two-third of the course, through a practical exercise on a case study on a topic so far. A the conclusion of the course is provided an oral examination lasting about 25 minutes for each candidate, which normally includes four main questions, of which the first chosen by the student.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: the student will acquire good knowledge and understanding of the institutional part (sources, institutions, actors of air law, their powers / duties / responsibilities). Applying knowledge and understanding: the student will be able to understand and explain the political and economic reasons that guide the choices of the legislature, the behavior of the contractors and the decisions of the Courts, at a domestic, EU and international level. Making Judgments: the student will develop orientation skills among the many sources regulating these matters and independence of judgment in finding the solution of practical Air Law cases. Communication skills: the student will acquire accurate technical legal language that will allow proper and adequate the exposition of the results. Learning skills: the student will acquire knowledge and skills to gain access to further studies, to participate in competitions and perform profitably an employ in private companies.