Air law research

Traditionally, air law research is based upon analysing the Chicago Convention, bilateral air agreements, and international aviation conventions in the field of safety, security and liability.

In the course of the 1980s, the US deregulation process and the liberalisation program of the European Community affected air law research considerably.

In the 1990s, environmental law began to have a more pertinent impact upon the development of air law.

Air law in the 21st century has started by receiving important impulses from concerns for security, and initiatives designed to streamline aviation operations from an economic point of view in the light of the state of the industry. Also, law and policy makers pay increasingly attention to the establishment of a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly infrastructure for air transport.

The main subject matters concern:

  • economic regulation of air transport, including the application of competition regimes; 
  • bilateral and multilateral relations between states; 
  • European Community air law and policy; 
  • nationality criteria for airlines; 
  • deregulation and liberalisation of air services; 
  • aviation liability in an international context; 
  • dispute settlement; 
  • privatisation of infrastructure; 
  • safety and security;
  • national civil law; 
  • environmental questions.


Last Modified: 12-02-2010