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Emne JUS273-2-A

Legal Philosophy

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Studiepoeng 10
Undervisningssemester SpringCombines successfully with JUS273-2-B, JUS273-2-C.
Fagleg overlapp Combined with JUS354 this course generates no new credits.
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Mål og innhald

The course gives an introduction to international legal philosophy. The course provides basic knowledge about some of the most dominant positions such as legal positivism and legal realism. It also gives an insight into current international discourse about the character and objectives of law as a functioning element of a modern democratic society founded on the rule of law. Different views on adjudication are discussed throughout the whole course.


Based on the course the student should be able to

- discuss central positions in international discourse of legal philosophy and relate the authors whose texts are the basis of the course to each other.

- distinguish and compare the differences between dominant positions in international discourse of legal philosophy

- analyse and evaluate the foundations of these dominant positions.

- identify, discuss and state opinions about central questions in current international discourse, such as the question of the character and role of adjudication in a modern democratic society based on the rule of law.



Combines successfully with JUS273-2-B, JUS273-2-C.



Krav til forkunnskapar


Tilrådde forkunnskapar

Good spoken and written English.

Fagleg overlapp

Combined with JUS354 this course generates no new credits.

Undervisning og omfang


Obligatoriske arbeidskrav



Assessment methods:

Exams are held in teaching semesters only. Students who completed the exam in the teaching semester, but did not achieve a pass grade, or who due to Illness,pregnancy or other special circumstances were unable to sit the exam, are entitled to (re¿)sit the exam the following semester.


Four hours school exam.


A ¿ E for passed, F for failed.


Exam language:

  • Question paper: English
  • Answer paper: English


Support materials allowed during exam:

See section 3-5 of the Supplementary Regulations for Studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen.


Special regulations about dictionaries: 

  • According to the Regulations for Studies, one dictionary is permitted support material during the examination. Bilingual dictionaries containing for example both Norwegian-English and English-Norwegian are considered as one dictionary.
  • Bilingual dictionaries to/from the same two languages - for example Norwegian-English/English-Norwegian - in two different volumes are also considered as one dictionary (irrespective of publisher or edition).
  • Dictionaries as described above cannot be combined with any other types of dictionaries.
  • Any kind of combination which makes up more than two physical volumes is forbidden.
  • In case a student has a special need for any other combination than the above mentioned, such combination has to be clarified with/approved by the course coordinator minimum two weeks before the exam. Students who have not been granted permission to have a special combination minimum two weeks before the exam will be subject to the usual regulations (Section 3-5) about examination support materials.


According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty


Course teacher: Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande

Administrative contact: elective-courses@jurfa.uib.no