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Master of Laws in Law of the Sea

The Master of Laws (LL.M) in Law of the Sea was established in 2008. The Programme aims to equip candidates with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to hold positions dealing with law of the sea issues. From a global perspective, the Programme is unique. As far as we know, it is the only existing master´s programme with a pure focus on the law of the sea. Further, it is one of the only programs wordwide to focus on Arctic legal perspectives and issues.

A further main strength of the Programme is its connection to K.G Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, which is a research centre located at the Faculty of Law, and is quickly establishing itself as a worldwide leader in law of the sea research.

The LL.M extends over three semester, or roughly one calendar year (90 ECTS).

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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. 

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 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.

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.

 

Ps! Check out our Instagram account @uitlaw, where you will find pictures posted by students and staff.

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How do I apply?

Programme description

Regulations for the Master of Laws in Law of the Sea

Recommended reading for the Master of Laws in Law of the Sea - program

K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea 

 

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Want more information?

Please contact;

Lene Emilie Øye

International Coordinator
Tel.: +47 77 62 52 24
TEO-H4 4.434

 

 

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