Aviation Legal Framework

AVA20010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

Aims and objectives

Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. The law impacts upon the aviation industry more or less directly from the international level right down to the domestic level in every place it operates. It is imperative that aviation professionals and those in related industries have an appreciation of which laws apply to aviation business and an understanding of how those laws work.
Therefore, this unit is designed to help aviation undergraduate students to develop a good understanding and appreciation of domestic and international laws that apply to aviation industry. In particular, it focuses on how international treaties affect airlines’ strategic decisions and operations.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Discuss fundamental principles contained in international conventions such as Chicago Convention and their implications to international air transport,
2. Discuss and explain how international air transport is regulated and negotiated between the sovereign states,
3. Discuss and explain how sovereign states such as Australia issues international route licence and allocates its international traffic rights to international carriers,
4. Discuss and describe the principles of aviation security and carrier’s liability contained in international conventions and domestic legislation,
5. Demonstrate, both individually and in a team environment, the ability to examine, analyse, and communicate verbally and in writing air traffic on country-pair markets and discuss how the regulations and traffic rights arrangements affect airline’s strategies and operation in a country-pairmarket.