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Course content

The Law of the Sea is the public international law on the jurisdiction of the states over the seas. It covers all uses of the seas (including navigation, fisheries, exploration of natural resources, scientific research) and encompasses all maritime areas including the polar regions. In essence the law of the sea provides the constitutional basis for addressing questions relating to the rights and limits of states to regulate activities at sea, be it shipping, oil and exploration, deep sea-bed mining, renewable energy sources or fisheries, and the settlement of disputes relating to such issues. We particularly emphasize the protection of the marine environment, navigation and petroleum exploitation.

The regulatory framework of the law of the sea is authoritatively laid down in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), but this framework is increasingly complemented by other international agreements and subsequent state practice.

Learning outcome

The course will give the students a good understanding of the rights and duties of states and, possibly, other players in the various maritime zones and areas.

Please see the semesterpages for further information on learning outcome.


Students who are admitted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO must each semester register
which courses and exams they wish to sign up for by registering a study plan in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information
about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Nordic applicants that are accepted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO can be admitted to this course.


Recommended previous knowledge

Please note that lectures and curriculum for this course is aimed at students at master degree level.

However, the achievement requirements are adjusted for students who take the subject at bachelor degree Level.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with JUS5405 – Law of the Sea (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 open book digital school examination

Examination support material

This is an open book digital school examination. You are permitted to use paper printouts or paper publications of any literature during the examination (e.g., course literature, lecture notes, dictionaries). You are also allowed to use handwritten notes on paper. No electronic support materials will be allowed.

Use of sources and rules for citing. 

The standard rules on cheating and plagiarism which apply to assignments apply also to the written open book examination. This means that you must provide a reference whenever you draw upon another person’s ideas, words or research in your answer to the exam question(s). You cannot copy text directly from textbooks, journal articles, court judgments etc. without highlighting that the text is copied.

Thus, pieces of text quoted verbatim from these and other sources must be italicised or otherwise highlighted so that it is obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.

Example of highlighting in a text:

"Laurent Bailay and Bernard Van der Lande propose to define a mobile payment as a “payment for products or services between two parties for which a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, plays a key role in the realization of the payment”. (European Commission, GREEN PAPER Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments, page 5)"

Failure to cite sources or highlight quotes in your exam answer may be considered as evidence of cheating.

Previous exam papers for JUS5405 (MA-equivalent to JUR1405)

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 for written examination

This  guide is used by examiners for grading elective courses at the Faculty of Law.

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.


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 2019


Spring 2019

This course is discontinued. Students who wish to take this course have the last opportunity spring 2019. 

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