JUS5230 – International Commercial Law
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes due to Coronavirus, spring 2020
- The exam will be conducted as a home exam. The exam date, time and duration will remain as previously announced.
- The grading system will be changed to Passed/Not-passed.
- During the home exam, you may use all available sources of law. Beyond this, ordinary exam conditions apply:
- During the exam, students are not allowed to communicate with anyone regarding the assignment, or to distribute drafts or complete papers. Such communication will be regarded as cheating.
- Submitted papers will be processed by UiO`s plagiarism tool.
Please read decisions on exam completion spring 2020, dated 25 March, for further information:
- Norwegian text - Please note decisions pertaining to students attending Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO.
- English text, for International students
The course aims at providing an understanding of the legal framework that governs international business transactions. The parties are not completely free to regulate their relationship or to ensure that the transaction is governed by a set of rules fully agreeable to them. This course explains how the legal framework restricts the parties’ freedom to contract in an international context. It gives therefore the tools to properly appreciate how far the drafting of an international contract may go, as well as to evaluate whether a claim based on an international contract is likely to be enforceable according to its terms or not.
Students are expected to take active part in the course, since a part of the course will be dedicated to case studies.
On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Identify sources of regulation that are applicable to international business transactions: international conventions, national law, commercial practices and other forms of “soft law”;
- Evaluate the extent to which the parties may derogate from the above mentioned rules in their contracts;
- Understand the mechanisms of choice of forum and choice of law, permitting to identify the law applicable to the contract;
- Appreciate the effectiveness of these rules in case the parties have chosen to submit any dispute regarding their transaction to international arbitration.
See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.
You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master’s programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme. You can also register for this course if you do not have admission to any programme at UiO, but meet the formal prerequistites.
All students are required meet the formal prerequistites.
Have you met the formal prerequisites at another institution than the University of Oslo, and the results are not formally registered at UiO, you must apply for admission to courses at Master’s level . Students with admission to Master’s degree programmes at other faculties than The Faculty of Law must also apply for admission.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
Three years of law studies.
- 10 credits overlap with VALCOMM – Internasjonal forretningsjus (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUXCOMM – Internasjonal forretningsjus (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUTCOMM – International Commercial Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with PILCOMM – International Commercial Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with MARLCOMM – International Commercial Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR1230 – International Commercial Law (BA)
- 10 credits overlap with JUVOCOMM
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5230
The course will consist primarily of lectures and group exercises.
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 any materials written on paper during the examination. This includes books, lecture materials and your own notes, whether handwritten or printed. There are no restrictions on marking up or highlighting these written materials. No electronic support materials are 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.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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.
This guide is used by examiners for grading this course.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
- Illness at exams
- Postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
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.
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.
The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the
Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one
English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these
This subject is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught at Bachelor's level (10 ECTS credits), see JUR1230 – International Commercial Law (BA).
Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.
The course may be integrated by the knowledge achieved in the course on JUS5240 – Comparative Private Law, where the main features of the law of contracts in the most important legal families are analysed and compared. Also the course JUS5280 – Internasjonal privatrett gives knowledge that is relevant, and in part overlapping in respect of the question of the choice of the applicable law and of the choice of forum; however, this course is in the Norwegian language.