JUS5850 – International Trade Law
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Covid-19: Teaching and exams
The Covid-19 situation will continue to affect teaching and exam in the autumn semester 2021. Updated information about lectures and exams can be found on the semester pages.
International law plays a significant role for the integration of the global economy. The course offers insight into one main branch of international economic law, international trade Law with a particular focus on the World Trade Organization, which covers trade in goods and services. Selected areas of substantive law will be studied during the course, such as obligations concerning market access, non-discrimination, subsidies, dumping and the relationship between international trade law and other areas of international law. Dispute settlement is a central element in international trade, and the course will provide in-depth study of selected cases and examine strengths and weaknesses of the dispute settlement systems. Negotiations to reform existing agreements and to establish new obligations are central in international trade. The course will examine how such negotiations are organised and discuss how negotiations may proceed in the future.
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 Internasjonal rett, Internasjonale kommersielle relasjoner and Komparativ rett
The course will give an understanding of the nature and function of the treaties and international institutions governing international trade. You will get in-depth understanding of selected areas of international trade law, with a particular focus on the basic rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. You will be trained to function as a lawyer in trade and investment disputes and as a negotiator in trade negotiations.
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
Students are expected to have prior knowledge of international law and some general knowledge of international trade law.
10 credits overlap with JUR5850 – International Trade and Investment Law (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.
Adjustments due to COVID-19:
In the autumn semester 2021, the exam will be a 24 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)
Examination support material
This is an open book exams, thus all available sources can be used
Examination support material
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.
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