Programme structure

The programme encompasses 15 months (3 semesters) and gives 90 ECTS credits.

The programme consists of

  • 40 ECTS credits of mandatory courses
  • 20 ECTS credits elective courses
  • 30 ECTS credits mandatory master thesis

Programme structure

1, autumn. semester JUS5401 – Maritime Law - Contracts JUS5402 – Maritime Law: Liability and Insurance MARL5110 – Maritime law: Safety, Competition and EU
2, spring. semester MARL5120 – Maritime Law in practice: Mock Trial Elective courses Elective courses
3, autumn. semester MARLTHESIS – Master Thesis
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

Mandatory courses in the programme:
JUS5401 Maritime Law: Contracts
JUS5402 Maritime Law: Liability & Insurance
MARL5110 Maritime Law: Safety, competition and EU
MARL5120 Maritime Law in practice: Mock Trial
MARLTHESIS: Master thesis

Students admitted before autumn 2011

If you are delayed or are unsure about how to complete your degree, please contact the faculty student advisor.

Previous programme structure, valid until spring 2011

Rules on progression of studies and leave of absence

You can read about the rules on progression of studies and leave of absence in Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo and in Detailed regulations for the Faculty of Law, chapter 1.

First semester, autumn: Maritime Law

During the first term the students will follow two courses in Maritime Law; JUS5401 Maritime Law: Contracts and JUS5402 Maritime Law: Liability & Insurance. The third course in this semester is a row of three specialist seminars on the topics "Safety at Sea", "EU Maritime Law and Policy" and "EU Transport policy and Shipping".

The whole semester is dedicated to give an extensive introduction to the legal rules applicable to shipping.

Second semester, spring: Mock trial and two elective courses

Mock trial

The first part of this semester is independent work associated with a mock trial on maritime law. The students will be divided into two teams that will represent parties in a law suit. Each team will receive coaching by a law firm. The teams will advise the parties on how to handle a conflict and later exchange pleadings within fixed time limits. Finally, the case is tried before an experienced arbitration tribunal in a public hearing.

Elective courses

The second part of this semester the students will follow lectures of two elective courses. The students can choose freely between the courses listed below:

JUS5411 – Petroleum Law
JUS5420 – Forsikringsrett ("Insurance Law" – this course is only taught in Norwegian)
JUS5430 – Tilvirkningskontrakter (dynamisk kontraktsrett) (“Petroleum Law of Contract” – this course is only taught in Norwegian)
JUS5440 – EU Substantive Law
JUS5450 – Marine Insurance
JUS5230 – International Commercial Law
JUS5260 – English Law of Contract
JUS5911 – International Climate Change and Energy Law
JUS5851 – International Investment Law
JUS5405 – Law of the Sea (discontinued)

In addition students can choose among these courses, but do notice that they are only given in the autumn semesters:

JUS5520 – International Environmental Law
JUS5850 – International Trade Law

As a general rule it is not permitted to take courses other than those listed above. In special circumstances it may be possible for a student to take different courses, but a formal application will have to be made in this respect. A decision will only be taken after the applicant has been accepted onto the programme. Acceptance onto the programme does not imply that other subjects have been automatically approved for study.

This is the complete list of courses offered in English at the Faculty of Law. Please note that there can be changes in the courses for spring 2012, and that the course codes is not completely up-dated yet, this is why some links to the elective courses are not working at the moment. Course codes starting with 5 are master level courses, courses starting with 1 are bachelor level courses.

Third semester, autumn: Master thesis

The thesis is an independent work, and the topic is of the student's own choice (but must have a connection to maritime law). Before starting the actual writing, the student will take part in seminars on thesis writing covering topics such as: how to outline the structure, how to best use the library, and how to engage in the writing process. A supervisor will be made available to each student.

Degree requirements

To be awarded the degree Master of Laws in Maritime Law the students have to; participate actively in the programme, pass the exams, obtain a passing grade on the written essays and the mock trial and obtain a passing grade on the master thesis.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: LLM in Maritime Law
Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Dec. 2, 2016 10:05 AM