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Master of Laws in Law of the Sea

This programme offers unique opportunities to undertake advanced studies and individual research in a dynamic field of law in a professional and socially enriching environment.

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.

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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.

Educational setting

The students will be active participants in the programme, in discussions with the lecturers and fellow students and in developing papers. Legal experts from different institutions, including intergovernmental organisations, international tribunals, academics and practitioners, will be invited to lecture. The programme will also include excursions to relevant institutions.

Course outline

The programme is intensive: Three semesters in a calendar year, starting in early September.

The autumn semester consists of two introductory courses on the Law of the Sea and the politics of the Law of the Sea.

The spring semester focuses on more specific topics on the Arctic and biodiversity and concludes with the individual student research project. The students select their own topic for the project, which is to be completed during the summer.

Learning outcome

The programme of study shall provide students with an in-depth insight in the Law of the Sea. Comprehensive education on theoretical aspects of the field shall provide the students with the ability to undertake independent analyses of various legal questions and sources.

Professional prospects

Students with an LL.M. degree in Law of the Sea will be attractive for many types of employers both nationally and internationally.  This may include diplomatic services, governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, universities and industry.


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