International Air Law Diploma

About the diploma

The International Air Law Diploma offers a wide range of courses that go from international law, airline contracts, insurance, and aircraft acquisition to data protection and EU law that ensure you are better equipped for your role within the aviation industry. Each course has a unique combination of theory, group discussions, case-studies and role play activities that allow you to better grasp the concepts being taught and learn how to apply them in real life situations.
By attending 4 courses of your choice from the diploma you will strengthen your understanding of the context and requirements of international air law, air service agreements, open skies agreements and traffic rights. At the end you will have gained insight into the legal and institutional framework of international air law regimes by studying the role and function of principal organizations involved in regulating the industry. You will learn how air law developments and legal issues directly impact the aviation industry, and explore potential solutions to common air law issues, airline contracts and privacy aspects. Diploma code: DIPL-35

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:
  • Analyze and understand the Freedoms of the Air
  • Identify critical negotiation points for aircraft and equipment purchase agreements
  • Identify the characteristics of the Common Law Legal System and the Civil Law Legal system
  • Review, analyse and understand the concepts of the most common airline related agreements
  • Evaluate the data protection principles

Key topics

  • Analyze and understand the Freedoms of the Air
  • Public International Air Law
  • Private International Air Law (liability rules)
  • Aviation insurance types and reinsurance
  • Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to the automatic processing of personal data
  • International aviation security regimes
  • Claims management
  • Demonstrate sound risk awareness and efficient handling of legal risk allocation tools

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Who should attend

  • Aviation lawyers
  • Professional airline managers
  • Lawyers in related fields seeking an understanding of international air
  • Government officials involved in the air transport sector


Candidates must complete 4 Elective courses within three years.

A passing mark of 70% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Complete all 4 selected Elective courses that make up the Diploma, within 3 years.
  2. Please contact us on our Customer Portal to request your diploma, stating the title of the diploma you are applying for and the list of courses you completed for that diploma.
  3. IATA Training will issue your diploma upon verification of your eligibility.

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 4 Elective courses

Elective courses

Air Cargo Law and Convention (classroom)

Improve your knowledge of international air cargo law conventions and recommended practices to better serve your organization and clients.

  • English

Aircraft Acquisition and Financing (classroom)

Financial and legal fundamentals to help you choose, draft, and negotiate an aircraft acquisition agreement.

Airline Contract Law (classroom)

Learn the basic drafting principles and agreements for aircraft sales and purchases, interlining, maintenance and catering, ground handling and more.

Aviation Law and Regulations (classroom)

An overview of all relevant aspects of aviation law and regulation required in the airline industry and its partners/counterparts

  • English

Aviation Law for Route Network Development (classroom)

Demonstrate sound skills in applying aviation law in the context of route development and opening of new destinations

Consumer Protection in Air Transport (classroom)

This course provides a clear overview and interpretation of the EU Regulation 261/2004 that will improve how you handle passenger claims when applicable.

  • English

Data Protection – Key Principles and International Framework (classroom)

Identify solutions to keep your clients happy, their data safe and avoid sanctions

European Union (EU) Aviation Law (classroom)

Gain up-to-date knowledge of the challenges faced by airlines operating to, from or within the European Union (EU).

  • English

Global Aviation Competition/Antitrust Law (classroom)

Gain a clear understanding of the relevant practical issues of EU competition substantive rules, as well as EU institutions and their rules.

International Air Law for Lawyers and Legal Professionals (classroom)

Strengthen your understanding of air service agreements and public and international air law.

Law of Aviation Insurance (classroom)

Gain clarity on the main aviation insurance conventions and protocols, types of coverage available, and practices for insuring hull and liability risks.

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