JUS5520 - International Environmental Law
This course offers a broad introduction to international environmental law. This field of law is developing rapidly and is getting increasingly complex. The course provides the student with a good understanding and updated knowledge of the most important issues of the international law related to environmental protection. In its introductory parts it treats such general issues as the development of international environmental law, sources and general principles of international environmental law, general rights and obligations of states, and common issues of compliance and implementation. Thereafter follows a thorough examination of specific topics as atmospheric pollution and climate change, the law of the sea and protection of the marine environment, protection of species and biological diversity including access to and benefit sharing of genetic resources. The final part cover “cross-cutting” topics, such as the relationship to international trade and environmental protection. Relevant cases will be presented at appropriate times during the course for analysis and discussion.
See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.
You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master’s programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme. You can also register for this course if you do not have admission to any programme at UiO, but meet the formal prerequistites.
All students are required meet the formal prerequistites.
Have you met the formal prerequisites at another institution than the University of Oslo, and the results are not formally registered at UiO, you must apply for admission to courses at Master’s level . Students with admission to Master’s degree programmes at other faculties than The Faculty of Law must also apply for admission.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Students must fill one of these requirements:
- Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
- Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.
Exception from the formal prerequisites will be given only to students on the faculty's exchange programmes, and not to students with admission to other Master`s programmes at the University of Oslo.
Recommended previous knowledge
Three years of law studies. Prior knowledge of international law.
- 10 credits overlap with JUR1520 - International Environmental Law (BA) (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUXENVIR
- 10 credits overlap with JUTENVIR - International Environmental Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with PILENVIR - International Environmental Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with VALENVIR - International Environmental Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5520 - International Environmental Law (discontinued)
Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all
communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all
literature and auxiliary materials are in English.
4 hour written examination.
Examination support material
Regulations for support materials permitted at examination for courses taught in English . Please read all three chapters.
Language of examination
The language of examination for this course is English. This means that the examination question will be given in English, and students may answer in English only.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
- request an explanation of your grades
- appeal about your grades
- make a complaint about formal exam errors
Resit an examination
You can usually resit an exam, but the conditions depend on whether you had a valid reason for absence from the regular exam. Read more about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
A student can sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do this in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam. A study programme may have rules that further limit the number of times a student may re-take this exam. In such instances the rules of the study programme will have priority.
Special examination arrangements
If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.
Please se Detailed regulations for the Faculty of Law, Chapter 3 regarding application, responsibilities and special measures.
Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of this course.
The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the
Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one
English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these
This subject is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught at Bachelor's level (15 ECTS credits), see JUR1520 - International Environmental Law (BA) (discontinued).
Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.