Studying Law at RomaTre

Academic Year 2018-2019

Fall Semester (October 1 - December 21, 2018)


European Union Transport Law

Prof. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich with Prof. Margherita Colangelo

Course description:  
The course aims at introducing the EU policies in the field of transport and their intersections with many other relevant aspects: competition, environmental protection, consumer rights, external relations.
In particular the course will focus on two of the means of transport which have undergone – and are still undergoing – a considerable development in EU law: air transport and rail transport.
As to the first the course will examine

  1. From monopoly in European air traffic to liberalization
  2. Safety in the air and on ground
  3. European agencies in the field of air transport
  4. Airports and their management
  5. The main competition issues:
  • Mergers
  • State aid
  • Reservation systems
  1. The EU system and the international regulation of air transport
  2. Pending issues in the EU/USA and  in the EU/Far East relationship
As to rail transport the course will examine
  1. The (very) slow process of liberalization in rail transport
  2. Interoperability and safety
  3. European Transport Networks
  4. European Agencies in the field of rail transport
  5. The main competition issues
  • Ownership of tracks and stations
  • State aid
The course will also tackle the controversial issue of liberalization of port services.
In general, the course will take into account the growing expansion of consumer/user rights in the field of transport and their connection with the tourism sector (package tours, cruises, etc).

The course aims at introducing student in an extremely important area of EU law with significant influences on a thriving economic activity, enhancing their ability to understand the general system of the European Union law and its implication on national systems.

Course Learning Activities
The course consists of lectures on the main subjects of EU transport law. During the course students will be asked to present to the rest of the class, in ppt, a series of important cases, mostly from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Assessment tools
Student evaluation will be based on class work and class participation (representing 10 points of the final grade), oral presentations given during the semester (representing 10 points of the final grade), and a final written exam (representing 10 points of the final grade). The final exam consists in two essay questions (selected by the student among a choice of three questions).

Attendance policy
Class attendance is compulsory.

Course textbook:
M. Colangelo – V. Zeno-Zencovich, Introduction to European Union Transport Law (Second edition) 2016, RomaTrE-Press, Collana "Consumatori e Mercato", n. 2, available and downloadable  at .

Fall 2018
Schedule of lessons
Wednesday – Thursday – Friday h. 2.15 pm -4 pm
Classroom 5

Class Topic
1. Oct 3 EU transport policy – General issues
2. Oct 4 Liberalization of network industries; regulation of services of general economic interest
3. Oct 5 Basics of Competition Law; the essential facility doctrine
4. Oct 10 The air transport sector; from the three aviation packages to Reg. 1008/2008/EC
5. Oct 11 Reg. 1008/2008/EC; airport infrastructures and charges
6. Oct 12 Airport infrastructures and charges
7. Oct 17 Ground handling services
8. Oct 18 Slot Allocation
9. Oct 19 2011 Better Airports Package; competition issues: abuse of dominant position; other anticompetitive conducts
10. Oct 24 Alliance agreements; code sharing; block exemptions
11. Oct 25 Competition issues; computer reservation systems
12. Oct 26 Mergers
13. Oct. 31 Competition issues: State aids and public service obligations
14. Nov 7 EU’s external aviation relations; Open Skies
15. Nov 8 The railway sector – The railway packages
16. Nov 9 The railway sector – The railway packages - The Single European Railway Area
17. Nov 14 Unbundling in the railway sector; national experiences
18. Nov 15 Competition issues: market definition; abuse of dominant position; agreements
19. Nov 16 State aid
20.Nov 21 Liberalization of port services
21. Nov 22 Passengers’ rights - Package travel, package holidays and package tours
22.Nov 23 Air passengers’ rights; compensation for denied boarding, cancellation or long delay of flights
23.Nov 28 Montreal and Warsaw Conventions; liability in case of accidents; rights to information; quality of service
24.Nov 29 Sea passengers; bus and coach passengers
25.Nov 30 Rail passengers’ rights
26. Dec 5 Safety and security in aviation and railway
27. Dec 6 Unfair commercial practices; misleading and comparative advertising
28. Dec 7 Uber
December 18 FINAL EXAM



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