Studying Law at Roma Tre

Academic Year 2019-2020

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Fall Semester (October 1 - December 20, 2019)


European Union Transport Law 2019

Prof. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich

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 issues of liberalization of port services and those of local transport (in particular UBER).
The last module of the course will be devoted to  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 (Third  edition - forthcoming) which will be available and downloadable in October 2019 on the Roma TrE-Press website.

Fall 2019
Schedule of lessons (lessons will start on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019)
Wednesdays (12 am/ 1.45 pm) Classroom A4 – Tommaseo Building
Thursdays and Fridays (2.15 pm -4 pm) Classroom 5 – Main Building

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 9 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 16 Airport infrastructures and charges
7. Oct 17 Ground handling services
8. Oct 18 Slot Allocation
9. Oct 23 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 30 Mergers
13. Oct. 31 Competition issues: State aids and public service obligations
14. Nov  6 EU’s external aviation relations; Open Skies
15. Nov 7 The European Aviation Safety Agency
16. Nov 8 The railway sector – The railway packages
17. Nov 13 The railway sector – The railway packages - The Single European Railway Area
18. Nov 14 Unbundling in the railway sector; national experiences
19. Nov 15 Competition issues: market definition; abuse of dominant position; agreements
20. Nov 20 State aid
21.Nov 21 Liberalization of port services
22. Nov 22 Local transport. UBER
23. Nov 27 Passengers’ rights - Package travel, package holidays and package tours
24.Nov 28 Air passengers’ rights; compensation for denied boarding, cancellation or long delay of flights
25.Nov 29 Montreal and Warsaw Conventions; liability in case of accidents; rights to information; quality of service
26. Dec 4 Sea passengers; bus and coach passengers
27. Dec 5 Rail passengers’ rights
28. Dec 6 Safety and security in aviation and railway
29. Dec 11 Unfair commercial practices; misleading and comparative advertising
December 19 FINAL EXAM


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