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Law of the Sea - master


Duration:3 Semestre
Credits (ECTS):90
Qualification:Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea
Admission requirements:Bachelor degree in law or political science + motivational letter
Application deadline:

International applicants: November 15 2022

Nordic applicants: April 15 2023

Application code:

International applicants: 2033

Nordic applicants: 7001

Programme description

The programme will through its courses and master's thesis give the students a broad introduction and knowledge of the Law of the Sea, including its development and the political and institutional aspects. Students at the programme are taught by legal experts from the Faculty of Law and JCLOS as well as other 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 programme 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.

Programme outline:




Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea - 15 stp. JUR-3054 General Law of the Sea II - 15 stp.
2. sem. (spring) JUR-3052 Protection of the Marine Environment by International Law - 15 stp. JUR-3053 Law of the Sea and the Arctic - 15 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) JUR-3910 Master's thesis in Law of the Sea - 30 stp.

Learning outcomes

The candidates shall during the LL.M-programme acquire knowledge, skills and general competence enabling them to hold positions dealing with law of the sea issues. They shall be capable of identifying and analyzing legal questions and relate themselves to the legal system in an independent and critical manner.

To achieve these objectives the candidates are to acquire and develop the following qualifications:


An LL.M. candidate in the law of the sea shall have:


An LL.M. candidate in the law of the sea shall be able to:

General Competence:

After passing the program, the student can:

Teaching and assessment

The purpose of the teaching is to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of the programme as described above. The teaching is meant as a supplement and inspiration to the self- activities of the students. It shall strive to be research-based and provide for dialogue between student and teacher. The teaching shall prepare the students for their futures roles. The teaching methods are varied to take into account the different ways of learning and the distinctive character of the subjects, available teachers and literature. Use of legal systems of information (databases etc.) is part of the teaching.

The main part of the teaching is undertaken as seminars while a smaller proportion is to be given as lectures. Lectures are to present the main elements of the subject and provide the students with an overview of and in-depth presentation of central themes. In addition to this, guest lectures will be offered to help widen the students’ perspectives. The seminars are problemoriented. Lead by a teacher, the students are expected to individually or in groups to actively participate through oral presentations, discussions, projects or similar. The language of instruction is English.

The teaching, assignments and exams shall reflect the different types of tasks the students will have to deal with in their future professional careers. The objective is to be achieved through active participation of the students during the courses; through study, discussions and papers. Lectures will provide for the introduction to the themes while problem-based seminars will make most of the teaching where students and teachers identify and discuss legal questions. Students are also encouraged to hand in papers during the courses to develop their knowledge on subjects and analytical skills.

During the writing of the masters thesis, the students are entitled to 19 hours of supervision.

The students are assessed during and at the end of the study. The forms of assessment include work requirements, six hour written school exams, a home exam followed by an oral exam, and at the end of the study each student must write a master's thesis. The exams and thesis are graded A-F, with F as not passed. Students that fail or have other legitimate grounds for absence may repeat exams.

For further information about work requirements, exam format and evaluative criteria, see the individual course descriptions on the UiT website.

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Job prospectives

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.