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IE University & UNWTO

This course introduces the fundamental concepts concerning legal regulation in travel and tourism: From the principles governing the international Institutions and Organizations, the forms of international cooperation in tourism and the general international legislative framework to the regulation of the transport and tourism market, the infrastructure management legal tools, the international contracts for the transport of passengers and for the distribution of tourism services and package travel.

The course introduces the rules on the protection of passengers at an international level, the regulation of accommodation and food and beverage services, the evolution from the notion of “consumer” to that of “traveller”, through the figure of the “tourist”, the perspective towards an International Code on the Protection of Tourists and Tourism Service Providers.

You can enroll and study the content for free and only pay € 49 if you want to do the assignments and receive a certificate of completion.


What will you learn in this program?

This course will provide an insight into the new challenges that the international legal framework must face with reference to privacy and payment systems in the digital era, the global tourism trends (regulation of adventure, rural, sports and wellness tourism), the so called “sharing economy” and sustainable tourism according to the principles of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


This program is suitable for professionals and individuals seeking to learn introductory concepts and expand their knowledge on tourism international travel and tourism law.

Whether you are a public administrator or a member of a government organization, or if you are growing in a company or starting as an entrepreneur in the travel or tourism sector, you must have a legal knowledge base to add value to your position, improve your institution or drive your business.

This is achieved through a 100% online training course with short videos with professors, readings, exercises and assignments in each module.


This MOOC has been designed to follow a self-paced methodology. It has been divided into 4 Modules, as follows:

Module 1- Institutions and International Law

(a) UNWTO – Introduction to UNWTO
(b) Structure of UNWTO – Policy making
(c) UNWTO – Legal instruments
(d) Other institutions and an overview of international tourism law
(e) The Framework convention on Tourism Ethics
(f) COVID-19 and tourism consumer protection
(g) The development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists- Main aspects and legal issues for the development of international standards on tourism protection
(h) Takeaways

Module 2- The Rules of the Market – Transport and Tourism

(a) Access to the Markets
(b) Competition
(c) Infrastructure Management Challenges
(d) International Carriage of Passengers by Sea
(e) International Carriage of Passengers by Air
(f) International Carriage of Passengers by Railway
(g) International Carriage of Passengers by Road

Module 3- Traveler´s Protection

(a) Introduction to Travel Contracts
(b) Accommodation Contract and Short-Term Rentals
(c) Package Travel Contract
(d) Introduction to Tourist Rights and Consumer Protection
(e) Takeaways and Conclusion of the Module

Module 4- Sustainable Tourism Law

(a) Introduction to Sustainable Tourism Law (Focused on Nature, Ecotourism and Adventure)
(b) Nature-based Tourism Rules
(c) Soft and Hard Adventure Tourism Activities
(d) Risk Management
(e) Information, Warnings, and Care
(f) An Accident? Safety and Insurance
(g) Liability of Tourism Service Providers
(h) International Standards and Experiences
(i) Takeaways

Alicia Gomez

Legal Counsel, UNWTO

Alicia Gomez has 16 years of experience in the UN, 11 years at UNWTO and is UNWTO´s Legal Counsel since 2017. In this capacity, she supported the process for the development and adoption of UNWTO´s Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. Among many other projects, she is currently leading the process for the development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists (ICPT).

Carlos Llorente

Professor of Private and Commercial Law, Spain

Prof. Llorente has been teaching law and is a practicing attorney since 1990. His academic career has spanned through several leading Spanish Universities and he also teaches regularly abroad. Yearly, he offers a course on Private International Law at IE University (Spain). He is an expert on transportation law, international commercial law, comparative law, corporate law and competition law. He is a member of the Spanish Maritime Law Association and of the Advising Council of the Maritime and Transportation Law of the Madrid Bar Association. He also co-chairs the EALG Group, constituted in 1985 and which is today one of the oldest law firm alliances in the world.

Francesco Morandi

Professor of Transport and Tourism Law, Italy (General Coordinator)

Prof. Morandi is a Full Professor of Tourism and Transport Law at the University of Sassari, Italy as well as an Attorney at law, legal consultant, and specialist in tourism and transport law. He has experience in dealing with the most significant legal issues relating to passenger, traveler and tourism protection, as well as the necessity to guarantee economic operators fair conditions and opportunities in the market. He currently assumes the scientific responsibility of some research Groups on different subjects of law, economics and business, and coordinates studies and activities related to transport (air, maritime, rail and road), infrastructure and tourism law, as well as territorial marketing, strategic and socio-economic planning, management of parks and marine protected areas, organization of tourism systems.

Diego A. Benitez

Professor of Tourism Law, Argentina

Prof. Benítez is a Full Professor of Tourism at the Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Patagonia, Argentina and Attorney at Law, legal advisor for the international touristic project “Corredor de las Misiones Jesuíticas” for the BID/IADB. He has experience as Lecturer in tourism law and head of Sustainable Tourism Law academic group in the areas of adventure tourism law, liability of tour operators and duty of information and has published over 50 specialized contributions on Tourism Law in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. He is currently the Secretary General of the Iberoamerican Tourism Law Society (Sidetur).

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If you would like to obtain a certificate of completion, please enroll in GET CERTIFIED: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL TOURISM AND TRAVEL LAW after finishing the MOOC.

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