International Air Law and Passenger Rights - University of Geneva (classroom)

About the course

3-day (24 hours) classroom course

Strengthen your understanding of the context and requirements of international air law, air service agreements, open skies agreements and traffic rights. Demonstrate sound skills in applying airline liability regimes and international security treaties. Learn to apply consumer protection legislation with a particular view to EU Laws.

This course is offered as part of the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management Program.

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Course code: TALL-20

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor / University of Geneva Professor.
  • This course has been customized into a three-day format for the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management program. It may be taken as a single certificate course, or as part of the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management, or Executive MBA with specialization in aviation management.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Intermediate
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the Chicago Convention 1944, its importance for aviation and what led to bilateralism
  • Explain the Freedoms of the Air
  • Summarize private international air law instruments on liability (Warsaw system and ground liability) and its provisions
  • Describe the concepts and provisions of code sharing, interlining and their respective agreements
  • Relate the most important consumer protection laws
  • Implement Aviation Security Legislation

Course content

  • Public International Air Law
    • The Chicago Convention 1944
    • Sovereignty and Freedoms of the Air
    • Multilateral agreement on international air transportation (Open Skies)
  • Private International Air Law (liability rules)
    • Warsaw and Montreal Conventions
    • Third party surface damage claims
    • Code share agreements and liability
  • International Aviation Security Regimes
  • Consumer Protection Legislation


  • Case Studies
  • Group Exercises
  • Group Discussions

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline in-house counsel
  • Aviation lawyers in private practice
  • Government officials involved in the air transport sector
  • Lawyers in related fields seeking an understanding of the international aviation industry

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Participants enrolled in the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management will benefit from receiving an academic diploma from both University of Geneva and IATA.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

IATA - University of Geneva Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Aviation Management

Designed for working professionals, the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Aviation Management offers a unique combination of academic and industry expertise, and can be pursued on a part-time basis.

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