JUR5520 – International Environmental Law

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Course content

New course code starting from the fallsemester 2011 - please see the website for JUS5520 – International Environmental Law (the course now gives 10 credits).

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 such 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 marine living resources, and international trade and environmental protection. Relevant cases will be presented at appropriate times during the course for analysis and discussion.

Learning outcome

See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.


Students who fulfil the formal prerequisites will be accepted to the course.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • Admission to the faculty’s exchange-programme or
  • Active study-right for a study programme, masters-level at the University of Oslo or
  • Norwegian Masters of Laws degree or equivalent or
  • Passed forth year, 96 – Cand. Jur programme (or exams that are equivalent) or
  • Passed JUR3000, Masters of Laws programme at the University of Oslo (or exams that are equivalent).

Recommended previous knowledge

Three years of law studies. Prior knowledge of international law.




4 hour written examination.

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.


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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2010

Spring 2010

Starting from autumn 2011, the course will continue with a new course code. Please see the website for JUS5520 – International Environmental Law


Autumn 2010

Spring 2010

Starting from autumn 2011, the course will continue with a new course code. Please see the website for JUS5520 – International Environmental Law

Teaching language