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Peace and Conflict studies tend to focus on the causes and dynamics of conflict. This course seeks to explore the normative framework and substantive components of a “Right to Peace”. How do we actively create peace?

We begin with a review of the philosophical origins of the right to peace, followed by legal analysis of relevant international instruments. Special lectures address the substantive components of Peace: Sustainable Development, Fair Trade, Environmental Protection, Gender Equality, Non-Discrimination, Governance, Democracy, Transitional Justice and The Role of International Courts in Pursuing Peace. Particular attention is paid to the role of civil society and non-state actors.

For students enrolled in Rettsvitenskap (jus) (master - 5 år): Have you considered a specialization as part of your degree? The course is part of the profile Internasjonal rett.

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Learning outcome

  • To attain general knowledge of the philosophical origins of the idea of a right to peace, as well as with the debate on its contemporary manifestation in liberal peace theory.
  • To attain general knowledge of the normative framework within international law for the Right to Peace.
  • To attain knowledge of scope of application of non-discrimination and equality in relation to race and gender.
    To attain general knowledge of the principles of sustainable development, environmental protection, and fair trade in
    relation to peace.
  • To attain knowledge of the development of transitional justice and the implementation of accountability measures within transition to peace scenarios
  • Skills and General competence: Students write a 15 page paper instead of exam.  Students gain insight as to the consequences of fragmentation in international law and need for creative thinking in terms of addressing the global challenge of attaining peace.  Students are able to explain and analyze the difficulty in attaining a unified approach towards defining peace in international law.  They are asked to contemplate alternative approaches for implementation and enforcement by a variety of institutions at the international and national levels. Students are taught critical perspectives which they can apply in the future to a variety of other contemporary challenges and dilemmas arising within international law.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

You may register for this course if you have admission to Rettsvitenskap (jus) (master - 5 år)Theory and Practice of Human Rights (master's two years) and Peace and Conflict Studies (master's two years) at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme.

Students admitted to other Master's programmes may apply for guest student status.


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.

Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.

Students attending the following programmes are also exempt from the formal prerequisites:

Recommended previous knowledge

Prior knowledge of international law and/or human rights is helpful but not required.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with HUMR5134 – The Right to Peace (continued)




15 pages term paper with a maximum of 6000 words to be handed in at the end of the semester, papers with text exceeding the word limit will not be sent to grading.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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.

Marking criteria 

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Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2012


Every other autumn starting 2012

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