What is Law of the Sea?
The Master of Laws (LL.M) in Law of the Sea program 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 program has a clear global profile, it has also 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 LL.M program is an intensive programme with a structure of three semesters through one calendar year, starting in August; 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 protection of the Marine Environment. In the third semester students select their own topic for an individual research project, which is to be completed during the summer.
For more information, please see the Programme description Master of Laws (LL.M) Law of the Sea.
Why this programme?
The LL.M program 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 program shall add to the skills of the students to identify, analyze, explain and solve legal problems; both on a theoretical and a practical level.
The research community at UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a world leader in marine Arctic issues, including Natural Sciences, History, Political Science and Law. Located close to the University is also Norway´s central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic.
At the Faculty of Law, the JCLOS has quickly established itself as a worldwide leader in Law of the Sea research. Students at the Master of Laws in Law of the Sea program are therefore included in the environment of experts in this field of research.
The program qualifies students for jobs both at national and international level, within the United Nations and its specialized agencies, in national diplomatic service as well as public administration and industry and commerce. Further, our students have been selected for internships at leading international institutions, such as the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Students may also be qualified to make a career within academia as doctoral students within in law of the sea or other research areas.
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. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Norway, Europe, Canada, USA, Australia & New Zealand: An average grade of C is the minimum requirement. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade of B or better. The average grade is calculated from the bachelor as a whole.
Applicants must enclose an essay of approximately 2 pages in English where they describe their background and motivation for taking this Master's degree. There are approximately 20 available places on the programme, where the best of applicants based on background, academic results and the motivational letter are admitted.
More information on admission requirements:
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester
- Online application, study code 7001
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for international applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
- Online application, study code 2033.
Are you an international applicant? Read more here.
The deadlines for applying are December 1st (International applicants) and April 15th (Nordic applicants)
Please note: More information about the LL.M Programme in theProgramme description Master of Laws (LL.M) Law of the Sea.
Please also see our short introduction video of the Programme below;