JUS5260 – English Law of Contract
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course focuses on selected aspects of English contractual law. These aspects include the central rules on formation of contracts (i.e., rules on offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to create legal relations), rules on defining the express and implied terms of a contract, agreements to modify terms, and certain defences to contract formation (primarily rules on misrepresentation).
The course deals also with rules on breach of contract, the remedies available for breach, the law relating to damages, and the doctrine of frustration. Some consideration is also given to the rights of third-party beneficiaries to a contract.
For students enrolled in Rettsvitenskap (jus) (master - 5 år): Have you considered a specialization as part of your degree? The course is part of the profile Internasjonale kommersielle relasjoner and Komparativ rett
From the course, one gains an elementary understanding of central elements of English contract law. In particular, one learns the basic rules and principles governing the formation, interpretation and termination of contracts. See further ‘Detailed course information’ regarding reading 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 JUR1260 – English Law of Contract (BA)
- 10 credits overlap with VALENGCON – English Law of Contract (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUXENGCON – English Law of Contract (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUTENGCON – English Law of Contract (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with MARLENGCON – English Law of Contract (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5260 – English Law of Contract (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.
In the spring semester 2022, the exam will be a 24 hour home exam, maximum 3000 words on master’s level and 2000 words on bachelor’s level.
Footnotes should be included in the word count of the main text. Not included in this count: front page (title etc.), summary, table of contents and references (bibliography). (If relevant for the paper).
Assignments/papers with text exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.
Examination support material
All support materials will be permitted throughout the exam.
Use of sources and rules for citing
The standard rules on cheating and plagiarism apply to assignments. 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.
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
- 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 JUR1260 – English Law of Contract (BA).
Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.