autumn 2022
JUR-3605 Indigenous Peoples' Rights - 15 ECTS

Application deadline

For other students than those admitted to the five year integrated master´s degree programme in law (Master i rettsvitenskap), the following application deadlines applies:

  • Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1 for the autumn semester
  • Exchange students and Fulbright students: April 15 for the autumn semester

Type of course

Students at the five year integrated master´s degree programme in law (Master i rettsvitenskap) may choose this course as a partial fulfilment of the requirements for the elective part of the programme's fifth year, cf. Studieplan for graden Master i rettsvitenskap ved UiT med tilhørende fagbeskrivelse for 5. avdeling.

Followed by necessary application and admission process, other students on master level may also choose this course.

Admission requirements

Students admitted to this course must be on master level and are required to have basic knowledge of international law.

For information about the application process, contact the UiT Admissions Officeor visit their web-pages.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

JUS-422 Law studies special course: law of the sami 15 stp

Course content

For students on the integrated master program in Tromsø, the course builds upon their knowledge of international law, human rights law and Sami law/indigenous peoples' rights acquired during the first and fourth years of studies. The course offers the students an overview of the current status of indigenous peoples' rights following the developments of the last two decades. Attention will thus be given to international legal instruments of relevance to indigenous peoples such as, among others, the 1989 International Labour Organization Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 2007 United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Objectives of the course


Having passed the exam, the student has:

  • Advanced knowledge of the definition of indigenous peoples.
  • Advanced knowledge of indigenous peoples' right to self-determination.
  • Advanced knowledge of the right to non-discrimination in relation to indigenous peoples.
  • Advanced knowledge of indigenous peoples' right to land.
  • Advanced knowledge of the different ways through which international norms may be implemented into national legal systems.
  • Good knowledge of the procedures established in international law to monitor the implementation of indigenous peoples' rights, and corresponding complaint mechanisms.
  • Good knowledge of cultural rights in relation to indigenous peoples.
  • Knowledge of the historical development of indigenous peoples' rights.



Having passed the exam, the student is able to:

  • identify and analyze issues of theoretical and practical character in Indigenous Peoples Rights.
  • apply the relevant sources of Indigenous Peoples Rights in a critical and independent way.
  • identify and discuss the limitations of current legal regime.
  • use English terminology applicable to this field of law.


General competence

After passing the specialization, the student can:

  • Apply the obtained knowledge and skills in the field of Indigenous Peoples Rights individually and in cooperation with others
  • Communicate reasoning within the field of Indigenous Peoples Rights in a clear and precise manner, orally and in writing to the academic community and the general public
  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired within Indigenous Peoples Rights in all jurisdictions and for all tasks and projects where relevant
  • Identify and reflect on ethical dilemmas that work with issues on the Indigenous Peoples Rights area in particular can lead to, and deal with these in a responsible manner

Language of instruction and examination

All teaching will be in English.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars, comprising a total of 30 hours. The students are expected to be prepared and active during the seminars in discussing legal approaches to the issues at hand. Students are expected to study independently in periods of no seminars or lectures.

Information to incoming exchange students

Followed by necessary application and admission process, exchange students may also choose this course.

Exchange students must be on master level and have basic knowledge of international law.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 31.10.2022 09:00 (Hand out)
04.11.2022 15:00 (Hand in)
0/1 5 Days A–E, fail F
Oral exam 1/1 A–E, fail F
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the oral exam

The given grade of the off campus exam is either confirmed or adjusted on the basis of the oral exam. The grade given after the oral exam is the final examination result in the JUR-3605 course. Based on the students achievement during the oral exam, the examiners can either decide upon the final result being the grade given on the written home exam, or one grade higher or lower.

Re-sit examination

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 studies and examinations at UiT, sec. 26.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: JUR-3605
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet