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Maritime Law - Contracts

Language

English

Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-10 - 2020-12-18

Maritime Law – Contracts - is the study of different contracts used in relation to ships, and the international and national legal framework for these contracts. The contracts relates to different aspects of the operation of a ship; building and repair, purchase, ship management, charter parties and bill of lading, and seafarers employment contracts. By examining different contracts with respect to one area of activity, one discovers connections that one perhaps otherwise would not have seen. Shipping is largely international and several of the contracts are based on international conventions or international standard agreements. Maritime Law – Contracts therefore provides the perfect opportunity for experiencing the international aspects of contract law. Students will also specialize in structure and management of shipping companies. The main part of the course is dedicated to charter parties and bill of lading.

Application procedure

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master’s programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme. You can also register for this course if you do not have admission to any programme at UiO, but meet the formal prerequistites.

All students are required meet the formal prerequistites.

Have you met the formal prerequisites at another institution than the University of Oslo, and the results are not formally registered at UiO, you must apply for admission to courses at Master’s level . Students with admission to Master’s degree programmes at other faculties than The Faculty of Law must also apply for admission.

When your admission is in order you must register for courses in StudentWeb

Students enrolled in the LLM programme Maritime Law (master's 1 1/2-years) have first priority.

Learning outcomes

The aim is that by completing the course the students will possess thorough knowledge of the contents of and the legal rules applicable to the main contracts within the field of maritime law.

Knowledge

At the completion of the course the students will have:

  • Good knowledge of the main contracts within the shipping sector and how these contracts are regulated in international conventions and national legislation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of what problems need to be contractually regulated and the legal framework applicable thereto..
  • In-depth knowledge of how the different contracts are structured, similarities and differences between them, and how they are interpreted.
  • Thorough knowledge of the contracts and applicable rules relating to:
    • Transport of goods under bills of lading and waybills
    • Voyage chartering
    • Time chartering
    • Off shore contracts
  • Knowledge of the rules relating to:
    • Registration and nationality of ships
    • Shipbuilding and repair of ships
    • Ways of structuring shipowning entities
    • Purchase and sale of ships
    • Legal position of the crew
    • Other contracts of affreightment (consecutive voyages, quantity contracts, bareboat charter)
    • Carriage of passengers and luggage

Skills

At the completion of the course the students will have the ability to:

  • Discuss legal issues and relate to the sources in a critical way regarding the rules related to:
    • Transport of goods under bills of lading and waybills
    • Voyage chartering
    • Time chartering
    • Off shore contracts
  • Use the rules related to:
    • Registration of ships
    • Ship and nationality
    • Shipbuilding and repair of ships
    • Ways of structuring shipowning entities
    • Purchase and sale of ships
    • Legal position of the crew
    • Other contracts of affreightment (consecutive voyages, quantity contracts, bareboat charter)
    • Carriage of passengers and luggage
  • Analyse legally the content of maritime law contracts.
  • Analyse and apply general principles of law regulating maritime contracts
  • Analyse the main concepts regarding maritime law contracts
  • Make legal comparative analyses

General competence

At the completion of the course the students will:

  • Be able to perform relevant legal work in law firms, insurance companies, shipping companies or public administration relating to maritime law contracts.
  • Understand the most common legal problems within the field of maritime law contracts
  • Possess the theoretical and methodological tools required to analyze the topics in accordance with legal scientific methods.

Prerequisites

Students must fill one of these requirements:

  • Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
  • Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.

Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.

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ISCED Categories

Marine and maritime law