Why choose this programme?

We offer programme options within international public law, international criminal and humanitarian law, international economic law, international environmental and energy law and human rights.

During the last 50 years, public international law has become diversified. Evolving from an initial focus on inter-state relations, public international law increasingly addresses the consequences of globalization and the necessity of protecting general and common international interests. As a result, students are called upon to contemplate the rights and duties of individuals, private actors, non-governmental organisations and international organisations, as well as states.

A wide range of subjects 

Students will address real world issues such as: whether it is appropriate to use military force in counter-terrorist operations, how to design a legal strategy to pursue state accountability for private acts of violence against women, challenges in achieving adaptation to climate change, the principle of complementarity and the prosecution of war criminals, how to draw up a legal framework to tackle the emergence of environmental refugees, how to reconcile trade and non-trade values (e.g. human rights, the environment, and financial interests) within WTO dispute resolution proceedings, and measuring the legitimacy of UN institutions and fragmented international law.

The master's programme seeks to reflect this broader perspective by introducing five main programme options (specialisations).

Programme options

  1. LL.M. in Public International Law
  2. LL.M. in PIL with programme option in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law
  3. LL.M. in PIL with programme option in International Environmental and Energy Law
  4. LL.M. in PIL with programme option in International Trade, Investment and Commercial Law
  5. LL.M. in PIL with programme option in Human Rights

Each programme option combines a course on classical public international law with one or more courses within a selected field of specialisation. A wide range of elective courses comes in addition to the mandatory courses.

Students who are admitted to the programme choose their study option upon start of the programme. Courses are held by lecturers working at the Department of Public and International Law and at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Dec. 13, 2012 11:26 AM