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Studies for international students at Faculty of Law

Student life in Tromsø:

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the largest institution for higher education and research in Northern Norway, with approximately 16 000 students. Around 800 of them are studying at The Faculty of Law, based in the city Tromsø. Tromsø excites both city addicts and nature freaks, and provides you with opportunities to enjoy every second of the time you spend here, also outside of the University. The North Norwegian nature is ideal for many outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, dog sledging, kayaking, fishing etc. Tromsø is therefore a splendid starting point for nature-based experiences all year round!

The city of Tromsø, placed in-between these impressive nature surroundings, is also as much pulsating as its surroundings. Events like RakettNatt Music and Arts Festival, Tromsø International Film Festival, the Northern Lights Festival, Insomnia Festival as for plenty other cultural happings, gives you the impression of living in a tiny version of a big city. As a student here, you get access to a multitude of student activities hosted on and off campus. For example, in the city you find the student-run cultural center “DRIV” hosting concerts, quizzes etc., and the student sports center “KRAFT” that offers a broad variety of indoor sports, is located not more than a 3 minutes’ walk from the University.

Want a sneak peek of Tromsø wintertime? https://vimeo.com/87451334

Exchange student:

Are your university one of our partner institutions?

If you are studying at one of our partner universities and are interested in coming here for exchange, please contact your departmental International Coordinator for information about how to be nominated from your University. To apply for exchange, you must be nominated by your home university.

Here you will find information about our application process.

For academic year 2017/2018 The Faculty of Law offers the following English-taught courses;

Autumn semester (August-December):

Application deadline: April 15th

JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea (15 ECTS)

The course covers the following topics: •A general overview of the different maritime zones (internal waters, territorial sea, archipelagic waters, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone (EEZ), continental shelf, high seas and the "Area"), as well as the principles and procedures for the delimitation of overlapping maritime zones and the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf. In addition, it will adress the substantive regimes for the uses of these maritime zones, in particular the exploitation of marine resources, navigation, marine scientific research and military uses and the appurtenant rights and obligations of coastal states and other states and the role of competent international organizations therein.

Academic responsible: Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen

JUR-3622 International Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Arctic (15 ECTS)

This course offers a broad introduction to international environmental law, after which students will gain a specialized insight into the legal framework applicable to the Arctic region. The Arctic region is environmentally vulnerable, and is thus greatly affected by climate change. Climate change threatens biodiversity, the livelihoods of Arctic indigenous peoples, and leads to sea level rises and changing weather patterns, amongst others. This, in turn, leads to increased shipping in the Arctic as well as fisheries moving up further North. The North West Passage and the Northern Sea Route will likely be used for commercial shipping in the near future, leading to increased risks of oil pollution in the vulnerable Arctic ecosystems.

International environmental law is a rapidly developing field that seeks to mitigate effects of climate change and protect the environment. It involves a multitude of multilateral treaties, declarations and other instruments of international law. This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the major concepts, cases and principles that together shape the body of international environmental law. Students will learn how these concepts and principles apply in the Arctic, especially in the context of climate change.

Academic responsible: Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen

 
JUR-3602 EU/EEA-law (15 ECTS) To be evaluated, and unfortunately not available for 2017/2018
The course will give an overview of the Constitutional Law of the European Union (EU), the Sources of EU Law, the relationship between EU Law and National Law and of the internal market. Furthermore, the course will introduce the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, which ties Norway to EU's internal market.
Academic responsible:

JUR-3605 Indigenous Peoples` Rights (15 ECTS)

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

Academic responsible: Ánde Somby

Spring semester (January-June):

Application deadline: October 1st

JUR-3619 Energy Law (15 ECTS)

The course will cover the following topics: introduction to energy and energy law; energy policy - including links to energy security and environmental policy; ownership of energy resources; oil and gas licensing regimes; the protection of energy investments; the regulation of the energy industry and in particular network bound industries; (electricity and natural gas); legal issues associated with particular energy sectors including selections form the renewables sector (wind, hydro and geothermal) and energy conservation.

Academic responsible: Nigel Bankes

JUR-3622 International Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Arctic (15 ECTS)

This course offers a broad introduction to international environmental law, after which students will gain a specialized insight into the legal framework applicable to the Arctic region. The Arctic region is environmentally vulnerable, and is thus greatly affected by climate change. Climate change threatens biodiversity, the livelihoods of Arctic indigenous peoples, and leads to sea level rises and changing weather patterns, amongst others. This, in turn, leads to increased shipping in the Arctic as well as fisheries moving up further North. The North West Passage and the Northern Sea Route will likely be used for commercial shipping in the near future, leading to increased risks of oil pollution in the vulnerable Arctic ecosystems.

International environmental law is a rapidly developing field that seeks to mitigate effects of climate change and protect the environment. It involves a multitude of multilateral treaties, declarations and other instruments of international law. This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the major concepts, cases and principles that together shape the body of international environmental law. Students will learn how these concepts and principles apply in the Arctic, especially in the context of climate change.

Academic responsible: Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen

JUR-3615 European Human Rights (15 ECTS)

The course offers students an in-depth understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention), as well as an overview over the European regime for the protection of human rights. The course focuses on the Convention's substantive guarantees and its system of supervision, including Strasbourg case law and its underlying principles.

Academic responsible: Stig H. Solheim

 

JUR-3605 Indigenous Peoples` Rights (15 ECTS)

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.

Academic responsible: Ánde Somby

JUR-3620 International law and armed conflict (15 ECTS)

The course addresses the prohibition on the use of force in international law and its exceptions (jus ad bellum/use of force), as well as the rules applicable to armed conflicts when they break out (jus in bello/international humanitarian law). The latter includes limitations on the weapons and methods used and establishes protection against attacks on certain groups of individuals, like prisoners of war and civilians. The course will address both international customary law and treaty obligations in these fields, with main focus on the United Nations Charter, the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional protocols of 1977.

Academic responsible: Magne Frostad


Master program Law of the Sea:

 

Read how it is to be a student at the program

Masters program in Law of the Sea:

Master of Laws (LL.M) in Law of the Sea

Courses for incoming exchange students:

Search in the course catalogue for these courses;

JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea (Fall) 15 ECTS

JUR-3622 International Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Arctic (Fall/Spring) 15 ECTS

JUR-3619 Energy Law (Spring) 15 ECTS

JUR-3605 Indigenous Peoples`Rights (Fall/Spring) 15 ECTS

JUR-3615 European Human Rights (Spring) 15 ECTS

JUR-3620 International Law and Armed Conflicts (Spring) 15 ECTS


 

Contact person:

Lene Emilie Øye

Adviser
International Affairs
Faculty of Law
Phone: +47 77 62 52 24
E-mail: lene.e.oye@uit.no  
Office:TEO-H4 4.434

 

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