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

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

Beautifully located in Tromsø, which is a city situated on the coast of Northern Norway, you find the Faculty of Law, UiT the Arctic University of Norway and K.G Jebsen research Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS). We offer a unique Master of Laws program with pure focus on the Law of the Sea in the context of Arctic legal perspectives and issues. There are no tuition fees!

Law of the Sea
The oceans cover over 70 percent of the surface of the Earth. Human depend on the oceans for life, work, food, travel, and human health. The ocean is the world's greatest reservoir of biodiversity, including marine mammals, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and countless of other species.  

The Master of Laws 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.

Educational setting
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.  

Course outline
Students at the program are taught by legal experts from Faculty of Law, JCLOS and also other different institutions, such as intergovernmental organizations, international tribunals, academics and practitioners. The teaching includes lectures, problem-based seminars, writing courses, moot-court experiences and excursions to relevant institutions, where in all activities students are active participants.

The program is intensive 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.

Learning outcomes
The 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.

Professional prospects
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 requirements
Studies equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Law or Political Science. All applicants must enclose a statement of purpose/motivational letter.

There are approximately 20 available places on the program, where we admit the best of applicants based on background, academic results and the motivational letter. 

Programme structure


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.

Exam: Digital 6 hours written exam, held November/December.

JUR-3054 General Law of the Sea II 

The course bases on the general aspects of the Law of the Sea and goes deeper into selected topics.

Exam: Digital 6 hours written exam, held November/December.


JUR-3052 Protection of the Marine Environment by International Law

The course focuses on the international legal rules concerning the protection of the marine environment from adverse effects of different human uses and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Exam: Digital 6 hours written exam, held April/May.

JUR-3053 Law of the Sea and the Arctic

The course focuses on Law of the Sea and Arctic legal perspectives and issues.

Exam: Digital 4 days home exam followed by oral exam, held April/May.


JUR-3910 Master´s thesis

Approved by the Faculty of Law, students select their own topic within the Law of the Sea for an individual research project.

Hand-in: 1st of September 2018




Contact person:

Line Merete Skarvik

Higher Executive Officer International Affairs Faculty of Law Phone: +47 77 64 69 22 E-mail: line.m.skarvik@uit.no Office:TEO-H4 4.430


International applicants:

How to apply?

Deadline: December 1

Nordic applicants:

How to apply?

Deadline: April 15


Programme description Master of Laws (LL.M) Law of the Sea

Regulations for the Master of Laws in Law of the Sea

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