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Why choose this programme?

Transport at sea – what happens when something goes wrong? If you are curious about the rules and regulations that govern the shipping industry and want to learn more about the legal side of this international business, then the LLM in Maritime Law is the programme for you.

Maritime Law is an exciting and challenging international subject for lawyers and others with an interest in shipping.
This LLM programme gives you a specialization in a truly international field of law, which is of great practical importance.

Which aspects does the programme cover?

The program covers all private law aspects of shipping.

It discusses traditional subjects like transport of goods and passengers:

  • Can owners claim compensation if their goods are damaged or lost during transport?
  • Can passengers bring charges against a shipping company if the vessel is not ship-shape?

In addition the programme cover more recent subjects like:

  • Ship causalities: Who will pay for damages to the environment caused by oil pollution from a big tanker?
  • Attacks on vessels: Can we prevent attacks on vessels from terrorists and pirates, and who will pay for the damages caused?
  • Effects of the global financial situation on the shipping industry: Can I cancel a contract for building a new vessel because an economic crisis has made it impossible for me to trade the vessel profitably?

 

Apply to Maritime Law (master’s 1 1/2-years)

Required specialization and minimum grade requirement

You must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C in the required specialization. A Norwegian C is described as a good grade, generally comparable to an American B and a Second Class Upper in the British system. We do not use conversion tables for foreign grades. All foreign education is individually evaluated during the admission process.

Please note that eligible applicants who fulfill the minimum grade requirement will compete for a study place. Please see the section on ranking for more information on selection criteria.

Required specialization:

At least 80 ECTS-credits of your bachelor’s courses must be either law or maritime studies.

More on Maritime Studies

Maritime Studies is a broad concept.

The titles of BA degrees that can be eligible to apply to this LLM programme vary from country to country. Examples of title of BA degrees that can be eligible for applying are; BA in Maritime Business, BA in Ship and Port management,  Maritime Business and Management, FdSc Navigation and Maritime Science, BA in Nautical studies.

Examples of courses that can make up the required 80 study credits in maritime studies are: Shipping law, maritime transport, maritime trade, maritime business, maritime economics, navigation, marine insurance, shipping management, transport operations, maritime logistics, port management.

Some BA degrees consist of courses that are more technically than legally oriented and will therefore usually not give admission to the LLM degree in Maritime Law.

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