Air and Space Law is an intensive one-year Advanced Master’s at the internationally acclaimed Law faculty of Leiden University. This unique programme offers a combination of public air law, private air law and space law, both from an international and a European perspective.
The Leiden Air and Space Law programme is unique. Our teaching and research has a clearly defined European dimension and is in line with the highest academic standards. At the same time, the programme focuses on professional applications, particularly through its internship requirements.
The International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL), which houses this advanced master’s specialisation, is one of the leading international academic research and teaching institutes in this field. The Institute maintains close relations with national and international organisations and institutions worldwide and enjoys the guidance of a prestigious International Advisory Board.
This programme is specifically designed for:
• law gradudates wishing to pursue a challenging advanced master’s study at postgraduate level, possibly followed by a PhD position;
• legal practitioners in internationally operating law firms, private companies (e.g. airlines, aircraft parts manufacturers), civil aviation authorities, telecommunications authorities, international and regional organisations and representatives from governments wishing to specialise in the area of air and space law.
“This programme broadens intellectual horizons: it is devoted to the study of a multi-facetted field of law, whereas its participants and teachers come from all parts of the globe.”
“Air transport and space activities are characterised by their strong cross-border and highly dynamic nature. This dynamic nature is further amplified by rapid technological and commercial developments, such as privatisation and commercialisation, the consolidation of airline alliances, the starting up of operational centres in upcoming economies, the impact of climate change, the establishment of innovative liability regimes, the new role of regional organisations, the application of sophisticated financing methods, the emergence of space tourism and the use of outer space for commercial and military activities.
These developments affect the legal regimes governing air transport and space activities. Hence, from a legal perspective, these regimes are increasingly influenced by other legal regimes, in the first place public international law, but also private law, criminal law, competition law, environmental law, trade law and obviously European law, in particular European Community law.
The LL.M. in Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law pays attention to all these aspects of air and space law and policy in a varied and multi-facetted programme in which modern teaching and research methods are applied. The programme broadens intellectual horizons: it is devoted to the study of a multi-facetted field of law, whereas its participants and teachers come from all parts of the globe. The focus of this programme, which falls under the auspices of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, is thus truly international and forward-looking.
We invite you to embark on an exciting flight of the mind into air and outer space law!”
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