This course is discontinued

ICTLECOMM – E-Commerce Law

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Course content

Starting from the springsemester 2012, the course will be continued with a new course code, please see JUS5670 – Electronic Commerce Law (discontinued). The course now gives 10 credits.

The growth and widespread use of the Internet has spurred the development of electronic commerce. People are buying and selling goods and services online, either directly or with the help of agents, including electronic agents. Firms are increasingly doing business online and new forms of commercial co-operation are emerging. These transactions have or may bring about legal consequences for the parties involved as well as third parties such as online intermediaries.

The course concentrates on the current European Union (EU) instruments and policy to regulate different aspects of electronic commerce. Where appropriate, reference will be made to the legal position in countries outside the EU such as the United States, for comparative purposes.

The themes taken up in this course may be summed up with the following key words: electronic commerce, electronic contracting, web contracting, electronic agents, virtual enterprises, virtual organisations, intermediary liability, encryption, digital signature, private international law, cyberspace jurisdiction, proper law, self regulation, cyberspace crime.

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to identify and discuss the principal legal issues that emerge from Internet transactions such as the formation of electronic and web contracts, the creation of virtual enterprises, intermediary liability, the requirement for system and transactional security, and cyberspace crime. The course also seeks to analyse key private international law questions that arise from the international and borderless nature of e-commerce, such applicable law and jurisdiction in Internet disputes, dispute resolution and self regulation.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

To be allowed to take the exam in ICTLECOMM - E-Commerce Law, you must be accepted at the Information and Communication Technology Law (master's 1 1/2-years).


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.




4-hour written exam

Examination support material

Auxiliary materials allowed during examinations for courses taught in English.

Recommended/Special Material

Language of examination

Students may answer the examination question in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish pursuant
to Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo. (§ 5.4 Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo)

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

Please se Detailed regulations for the Faculty of Law, Chapter 3 regarding application, responsibilities and special measures.


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




Spring 2011


Spring 2011

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