LLM of the Sea

General information

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. Although the programme of study has a clear global profile, it will also have 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. 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.

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.

Although the programme of study has a clear global profile, it will also have 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.

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. The programme extends over three semesters or 1 calendar year and the language of instruction is English.

Programme Structure

  • General Law of the Sea
  • General Law of the Sea II
  • Law of the Sea and Marine Biodiversity
  • Law of the sea and the Arctic
  • Master's thesis in Law of the Sea
Learning outcome:

The Master's programme is part of the strategy of the Law Faculty on focusing on internationalisation and Arctic legal issues pertaining.
The programme 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 programme shall add to the skills of the students to identify, analyse, explain and solve legal problems; both on a theoretical and a practical level. There will be a special focus on the relevance and application of the Law of the Sea to the Arctic.
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. 
The objective is to qualify the students for careers within a broad spectre of areas; both at national and international level. Candidates will be qualified for jobs within the United Nations and its specialised agencies, in national diplomatic service as well as public administration and industry and commerce.

Job perspectives. The objective is to qualify the students for careers within a broad spectre of areas; both at national and international level. Candidates will be qualified for jobs within the United Nations and its specialised agencies, in national diplomatic service as well as public administration and industry and commerce.

Contact Person: Majda Sojtaric (majda.sojtaric@uit.no)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0312 - Policy and governance

Venue

Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Faculty of Law
Campus Tromsø
Romssa universitehta. N-9019 Tromsø 

Application

Open from
1 Nov 2016 to 1 Dec 2016

Cost:

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a state university and therefore publicly funded. Students do not pay tuition fee, only a semester registration fee of NOK 500. Nonetheless, living expenses in Norway are higher than in other European countries.


Prerequisites:

Degree Requirements 
A Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Law or equivalent qualification, such as three years duration in law or political science at university level. You must also document knowledge of the fundamentals of international law and international politics.

Proof of English Proficiency
As a general requirement, all applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document their proficiency in English on an advanced level, either through education or an internationally recognized examination/test. Proficiency in English can be proved through any of the following tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 paper-based/ 213 computer-based/ 85 Internet-based. Institutional code: 0742
  • IELTS: minimum of 6.5 points
  • APIEL: minimum of 3 points
  • MELAB: minimum of 85 points
  • University of Cambridge Exams: Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Application Procedure:

Admission to the Master's programme in Law of the Sea requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Law or equivalent qualification, such as three years duration in law or political science at university level. You must also document knowledge of the fundamentals of international law and international politics. The programme has limited capacity, and approximately 20 students are admitted each year.

Applicants must enclose an essay of approximately 2 pages in English where they describe their background and motivation for taking this Master's degree.More information on admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

Are you an international applicant? Read more here.

Application is carried out via the online application system Søknadsweb. Applicants must enclose an essay of approximately 2 pages in English where they describe their background and motivation for taking this Master's degree.

Application Deadlines

  • Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: April 15th.
  • Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: December 1st.

Grant Opportunities:

The Quota Scholarship Scheme is a funding scheme sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, providing students from certain developing countries in the South, Eastern European and Central Asian countries with full sponsorship for the period of their Master's studies in Norway.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

The duration of the programme is 1 calendar year or 90 ECTS credits, full-time study.
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.


Qualification: Master of Law

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
90
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