JUS5401 – Maritime Law - Contracts
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
COVID-19: Teaching and exams autumn semester 2020
The ongoing corona situation will affect teachings and exams also in the autumn semester 2020.
The course will use the grading scale A-F.
Maritime Law – Contracts - is the study of different contracts used in relation to ships, and the international and national legal framework for these contracts. The contracts relates to different aspects of the operation of a ship; building and repair, purchase, ship management, charter parties and bill of lading, and seafarers employment contracts. By examining different contracts with respect to one area of activity, one discovers connections that one perhaps otherwise would not have seen. Shipping is largely international and several of the contracts are based on international conventions or international standard agreements. Maritime Law – Contracts therefore provides the perfect opportunity for experiencing the international aspects of contract law. Students will also specialize in structure and management of shipping companies. The main part of the course is dedicated to charter parties and bill of lading.
You will learn about the main contracts that are used in the shipping sector and how these contracts are regulation in international conventions and national legislation. This includes knowledge and understanding of what problems need to be contractually regulated and the legal framework for such contracts, how the different contracts are structured, similarities and differences between them, and how they are interpreted. The aim is a good understanding of the contracts and the relevant legal framework.
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.
Students enrolled in the LLM programme Maritime Law (master's 1 1/2-years) have first priority.
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.
- 5 credits overlap with JUR1401 – Maritime Law (BA) (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUR1400 – Sjørett (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with MARLINTRO – Maritime Law (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with VALMARIT – Maritime Law (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUTMARIT – Maritime Law (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with VALSJØ – Sjørett (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUXSJØ – Sjørett (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUR5400 – Sjørett (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUVOSJØR
- 5 credits overlap with JUR5401 – Maritime Law (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUS5400 – Sjørett (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUS5403 – Sjørett: Kontrakter
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 addition, a lecture on Norwegian terminology is offered if needed.
Adjustments due to COVID-19:
In the autumn semester 2020, the exam will be a 48 hour home exam, maximum 3000 words.
Footnotes should be included in the word count of the main text. Not included in this count: front page (with name and 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.
(Normally the course has a 4 hour written school exam)
The written examination is conducted on desktop computers in the examination venue.
Examination support material
This is an open book exams, thus all available sources can be used
Use of sources and rules for citing.
General rules on cheating and plagiarism apply. 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. Verbatim quotes must be italicised or otherwise highlighted to make obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.
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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 (15 ECTS credits), see JUR1401 – Maritime 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.