Airline Industry and Aviation Law
The airlines – the industry everyone loves to hate – are subject to a web of domestic laws and regulations as well as international agreements. They are significantly buffeted by events beyond their control – every $1 increase in the price of crude oil adds hundreds of millions of dollars to their costs. The course will use the text Aviation Law Cases, Laws and Related Sources and will look at how the airline industry interacts with customers, airports, other airlines and the U.S. and foreign governments within a legal environment defined by treaties, statutes and regulations. Why do global alliances exist? Should passengers have to pay extra to check a bag? Are airlines engaged in collusion when they reduce all capacity at about the same time? Why is my remedy different if I lose a bag while traveling from New York to Paris than if I lose the bag going from New York to Los Angeles? Who should handle airport security – the federal government or private contractors hired by the airports? Why is airline labor law special? We will explore the legal and policy issues facing a complex industry that contributes almost $1 trillion to U.S. GDP or 5.2 percent and directly or indirectly provides for over 10 million jobs.
A substantial research paper on a topic approved by the instructors. The submission deadline is on or before the last day of the exam period at 4:30 PM (EST).
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.