Air and Maritime Law - LAW 453

Air Law: This course provides a general introduction to the Air Law approach and applies some basic concepts of the Civil and Common Law traditions to the field of Air Law. The main topics covered include:
• The nature of the contract of carriage;
• Aircraft manufacturer’s liability;
• State liability for negligent certification of aircraft;
• Air traffic controllers’ liability;
• Liability for damage caused by aircraft on the ground; and
• Contentious and non-contentious work with respect to airliners, aircraft owners, and carriers.
The course examines the unification of Private International Air Law through the adoption of international conventions. In particular, it reviews the liability of the air carrier toward passengers and shippers under the Warsaw Convention System and under the Montreal Convention of 1999. This course also examines the basic framework of several other conventions, notably the 1952 Rome Convention on surface damage caused by aircraft, and the two conventions adopted by the ICAO in 2009 to replace the Rome Convention (the Unlawful Interference Convention and the Ground Damage Convention). Jurisdictional and choice of law issues in relation to matters not covered by international agreement, notably manufacturers’ liability, will be reviewed.
Maritime Law: This course covers principles, rules, norms, and sources of Maritime Law, including:
• Acquisition, ownership, registration, and related sale/purchase agreements of all kinds of ships, container carriers, feeder vessels, and modern wreck;
• Master and crew; the operation of skip, including statutory requirements; navigation and collisions; salvage; towage;
• Pilotage;
• Oil pollution liability; and
• Charter party dispute; contentions work with respect to damages to goods, wrecks, oil spills, marine insurance, contentious and non-contentious work with P&I clubs.
Language of Instruction: English (legal terms, however, are also given in Arabic and French).