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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 

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Learning outcome

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.

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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.

Overlapping courses

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.


4 hour written examination.

Examination support material

Regulations for support materials permitted at examination for courses taught in English . Please read all three chapters.

Previous exam papers

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.

Guidelines for the evaluation of grades at The Faculty of Law.

Explanations and appeals

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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.


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

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