JUR5910 – Women's Law and Human Rights

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

New course code starting from the springsemester 2012 - please see the website for JUS5910 – Women's Law and Human Rights (the course now gives 10 credits).

This course presents the international legal framework for women's human rights with emphasis on basic principles such as equality, non-discrimination, freedom, integrity and dignity embedded in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The non-discrimination principle is elaborated in the light of the CEDAW, the Convention on Civil and Political Rights, EU-directives and the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of African Women. The non-discrimination principle is substantiated through a focus on the right to work, the right to health , the right to education and the right to land. Taking a cross-cut through civil and political and social and economic human rights the course deals with the protection against violence in criminal law, housing law and asylum law. The indivisibility of human rights is demonstrated through the right to health, food, land and water. The relationship between different human rights principles, such as gender equality, freedom of religion and protection of custom and culture is given particular attention. Rather than concentrating on the laws of one country the course offers case studies from Europe, Africa and Asia. The case studies demonstrates how international human rights law is translated into national and local law. Studies of local water management practices in Zimbabwe, shariah councils in Britain and attempts of abolishing FGM among Norwegian immigrants provides empirical insight into the relationship between human rights and legal pluralism. The case studies constitute the departure point for a broader theoretical understanding of gender, human rights, multiculturalism and legal pluralism.

Learning outcome

See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.


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

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master of Law-programme at UiO, the faculty's exchange-programme or have admission to Law-electives at masters-level. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.

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


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.




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 JUR1910 – Women's Law and Human Rights (BA). 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

Spring 2011

Starting from spring 2012, the course will continue with a new course code. Please see the website for JUS5910 – Women's Law and Human Rights

Spring 2011

Starting from spring 2012, the course will continue with a new course code. Please see the website for JUS5910 – Women's Law and Human Rights

Teaching language