Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

LLMs

The oceans cover over 70 percent of the surface of the Earth. It is vital for communication, military and strategic uses and for its living and non-living natural resources. In recent years, there has been increasing importance on the marine biodiversity. The LL.M. programme aims to broaden the traditional approach to the Law of the Sea from jurisdictional issues to also include substantial law such as conservation and sustainable use of biological resources and protection of biodiversity and the environment. Although the programme of study has a clear global profile, it will also have a distinct Arctic dimension. Much of the Arctic consists of marine areas. Global climate change will increasingly subject these areas to various uses such as navigation, oil and gas exploitation, fisheries and research. The Arctic regions provide unique opportunities for studying both global and regional legal approaches to protect and preserve the marine environment. The research community in Tromsø is a world leader in marine Arctic issues, including natural sciences, history, political science and law. In addition to the University of Tromsø, the Norwegian Polar Institute is situated in Tromsø. The objective of the LL.M. programme is to introduce the students to such perspectives enabling them to improve their ability to understand the function of the law and learn to interpret it.

The programme extends over three semesters or 1 calendar year:

FIRST SEMESTER

JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea

The course provides a general introduction to the Law of the Sea, i.e. the rules and principles of international public law that cover the maritime areas.

JUR-3054 General Law of the Sea II

The course based on JUR-3050 and goes deeper into the selected topics.

SECOND SEMESTER

JUR-3052 Law of the Sea and Marine Biodiversity

The course addresses problems concerning conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and protection of marine biodiversity. These issues are also introduced in Course I, but they are examined more in-depth in this course.

JUR-3053 Law of the sea and the Arctic

The course focuses on Law of the Sea and Arctic issues. The general Law of the Sea is applicable to the marine areas the Arctic. But at the same time, the region has special traits that must be considered. In this course, the students will have to apply the knowledge they have acquired during the previous courses on Arctic issues. Generally, the course, therefore, has the character of case studies, with special emphasis on the Arctic.

THIRD SEMESTER

JUR-3910 Master's thesis in Law of the Sea

It consists of an obligatory thesis based on themes and questions from the Law of the Sea. The students will be provided with individual supervision. It may amount to between minimum 12 000 words and maximum 18 000 words. The theme of the thesis shall be of a legal or semi-legal character and may include perspectives such as legal theory, legal history. The thesis shall consist of independent analyses of the theme and the legal sources available. The thesis shall provide the student with an in-depth study of a particular theme. The discussions of the thesis are to be transparent and as complete as possible. The references to the sources shall be precise and verifiable.

Learning outcomes

The Master's programme is part of the strategy of the Law Faculty on focusing on internationalization and Arctic legal issues pertaining.

The programme aims through its courses and master's thesis to give the students a broad introduction and knowledge of the Law of the Sea, including its development and the political and institutional aspects. Further, the programme shall add to the skills of the students to identify, analyze, explain and solve legal problems; both on a theoretical and a practical level. There will be a special focus on the relevance and application of the Law of the Sea to the Arctic.

The objective is to be achieved through active participation of the students during the courses; through study, discussions, and papers. Lectures will provide for the introduction to the themes while problem-based seminars will make most of the teaching where students and teachers identify and discuss legal questions. Students are also encouraged to hand in papers during the courses to develop their knowledge on subjects and analytical skills.

The objective is to qualify the students for careers within a broad specter of areas; both at national and international level. Candidates will be qualified for jobs within the United Nations and its specialized agencies, in national diplomatic service as well as public administration and industry and commerce.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's programme in Law of the Sea requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Law or equivalent qualification, such as three years duration in law or political science at university level. You must also document knowledge of the fundamentals of international law and international politics. The programme has limited capacity, and approximately 20 students are admitted each year.

Applicants must enclose an essay of approximately 2 pages in English where they describe their background and motivation for taking this Master's degree.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

The application deadline for self-financing and quota scheme applicants is December 1stfor admission to the autumn semester. Online application, study code 2033.

Teaching and assessment

The duration of the programme is 1 calendar year or 90 ECTS credits, full-time study.

The objective is to be achieved through active participation of the students during the courses; through study, discussions, and papers. Lectures will provide for the introduction to the themes while problem-based seminars will make most of the teaching where students and teachers identify and discuss legal questions. Students are also encouraged to hand in papers during the courses to develop their knowledge on subjects and analytical skills.

Job prospectives

The objective is to qualify the students for careers within a broad specter of areas; both at national and international level. Candidates will be qualified for jobs within the United Nations and its specialized agencies, in national diplomatic service as well as public administration and industry and commerce.

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Last updated January 20, 2018
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Jan. 2019
Aug. 2019
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3 semesters
Full time
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Norway - Tromsø, Troms
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