autumn 2013
JUR-3051 International Ocean Governance - 15 ECTS

Type of course

Master level students.<br/>


The course is part of the Master of Laws programme in Law of the Sea and is based on JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea.<br/>


The course is given during autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Only students admitted to the Master of Laws programme in Law of the Sea may register for the exam of this course.

Course content

The course consists of three themes:<br/>


• Ocean governance: Addresses conceptual issues and theory relating to international ocean governance, before exploring the major developments. The emphasis is on tracing and explaining the evolution of the law of the sea and associated institutions and instruments, the 1958 and 1982 United Nations Conventions in particular. Current processes for developing the global legal framework are addressed as well, along with parallel developments in issue areas such as environmental protection, fisheries, and shipping.<br/>


• Ocean governance at the regional level: Developments and institutions in the Northeast Atlantic are given particular attention. The developments in EU maritime policy are examined, as are regional cooperation in protection of the marine environment.<br/>


• Implementation issues: Focuses on the issue of implementation of the norms, rules and principles emanating from global and regional instruments, institutions and processes. Currently, the major challenge of international ocean governance is the actual implementation of the global and regional rules and norms, and this is to a large extent a task that national governments have to accomplish. Case studies in implementation of ocean governance are reviewed, and the status of global ocean governance and major challenges in that regard are discussed.

Recommended prerequisites

JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea

Objectives of the course



Having passed the exam, the student shall have acquired:<br/>


• Advanced knowledge on the development of the regime for managing fisheries resources and the regional attempts to implement it;<br/>

• Advanced knowledge on the development of the regime for protection of the marine environment and regional attempts to implement it;<br/>

• Advanced knowledge on the strengths and limitations in the international principles for allocation of fisheries resources between states, and challenges to its implementation;<br/>

• Advanced knowledge on the interplay between legal instruments and political institutions for governing human uses of the oceans;<br/>

• Specialised knowledge on development of the European marine policy;<br/>

• Specialised knowledge on integrated management of oceans in Norway;<br/>

• Specialised knowledge on the effectiveness of selected regional instruments to manage and conserve fisheries and the marine environment;<br/>

• Knowledge on the development of law of the sea, and modern approaches and principles to ocean governance.<br/>


Skills and general qualifications:<br/>


Having passed the exam, the student will:<br/>


• Be able to identify and analyse questions of theoretical and practical character in ocean governance<br/>

• Be able to identify the limitations of existing international institutions<br/>

• Be able to use English terminology with the field of ocean governance<br/>

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The teaching consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and excursions, comprising a total of 30 hours. The students are expected to be prepared and active during the seminars in discussions of the prescribed material. They may also be asked to prepare papers and give presentations during the seminars. Students are expected to study independently in periods when there are no lectures or seminars.


The course is assessed through a six hours written exam. The exam may include theoretical and/or scenario questions.<br/>


The grading scale of A to F is applied, where F constitutes fail. Students who fail their examination are entitled to re-sit the examination, cf. regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø Sec.22.

Recommended reading/syllabus

The overview of recommended reading can be accessed here
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  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: JUR-3051
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