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Maritime BERGEN Law Summer Programme

The Norwegian China Law Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen is proud to present the Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme (MBLSP) which is offered for the first time in August 2018.

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The maritime industry has a long and proud tradition in Bergen and represents Norway ’s most global cluster of competence. In MBLSP, students will get an introduction to several areas of law relevant to the maritime business sector.
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This webpage will be updated with further information as the programme draws closer.

About the Programme

The University of Bergen Faculty of Law together with Maritime Bergen and Centre for Shipping and Logistics at NHH Norwegian School of Economics, offer a 2 week (non-credit) summer study programme in Bergen, Norway.

Bergen is the maritime capital of Norway, and the programme provides an introduction to Maritime Law in a broad sense. The maritime business sector is of great national importance. In addition, it represents huge opportunities for cooperation between Chinese and Norwegian enterprises.  

The programme is hosted by University of Bergen Faculty of Law, generally recognized as Norway's most international law faculty. Classes are taught in English by Norwegian scholars and practicioners who are experts in their fields.

During the two-week long programme, there will be classes in the mornings, and in the afternoons there will be site visits to businesses and government offices operating in the maritime business sector. Examples of businesses and government offices are Norwegian Maritime Authority, Wikborg|Rein law firm, DNV GL and Port of Bergen.

Halfway through the programme, the weekend is reserved for study and for exploring the city and the area around Bergen on your own, or together with fellow students.  

Participating universities

The Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme is organised especially for students from some of the University of Bergen Faculty of Law's partner law schools in China. In addition to strengthening the relationship between the Bergen Faculty of Law and its Chinese partner law schools, the purpose of the programme is to give Chinese students an introduction to an area of law with relevance to both China and Norway, and within an area where there is extensive commercial cooperation going on between the two countries. 

The programme also aims to inspire Chinese law students to opt for a study abroad semester in Bergen at a later stage.

In 2018, which is the first edition of the summer programme, five students from each of the following universities are invited:

  • Renmin University of China Law School
  • China University of Political Science and Law
  • Peking University Law School
  • Tsinghua University School of Law

Organising partners

The Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme is organised jointly by the Norwegian China Law Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Centre for Shipping and Logistics at NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Maritime Bergen which is a coalition of several maritime businesses in the region of Bergen region. Maritime Bergen represents the maritime cluster in the region and has 150 company members.

Curriculum and field trips

In addition to its focus on essential legal features of the maritime business sector, the curriculum introduces students to key features of doing business in Norway. Students will also be introduced to the Nordic Arbitration Model which is a recognised and often preferred model for solving disputes internationally.

In 2018, the curriculum is expected to include the following subjects:*

  • Doing business in Norway - an introduction.
  • The Maritime Business Sector - Essential features
  • Ship Registers and Ship Financing
  • Offshore Contracts and Shipbuilding Contracts
  • Marine Insurance
  • Contracts of Affreightment
  • Carriage of Passengers
  • Liability for Damage, Loss and Delay
  • Competition Law and the Maritime Sector
  • Environmental Law and Marine Pollution
  • Jurisdiction and Choice of Law
  • Dispute Resolution i the Norwegian Court System
  • Nordic Arbitration

In addition to classroom lectures and discussions, each student’s learning experience is enriched through a series of field trips to some of Maritime Bergen's member companies. The companies represent the whole value chain of the maritime cluster; ship owners, service providers, shipyards and equipment manufactures.

The students will get to know more about the maritime industry, the companies and learn about the competence that the region of Bergen possess within the maritime industry.

*The complete programme and its final content will be available on this website in May/June 2018.

Teaching

Lectures and seminars are held at the University of Bergen Faculty of Law from Monday 6 August through Friday 17 August. Some of the lectures will also be held on site during company- and government office visits.

The programme starts with a social get-together on Sunday 5 August and ends with a farewell party on Saturday 18 August.

Application Procedures and Eligibility

In 2018, admission is open to students from the following universities only:

  • China University of Political Science and Law
  • Peking University Law School
  • Renmin University of China Law School
  • Tsinghua University School of Law

Interested students should contact the study abroad coordinator at their home university. Students will apply to their home university who selects and nominates a designated number of students.

To be eligible, students should have previous knowledge of law. By previous knowledge of law, we expect that students have studied law courses equaling approximately two years of law studies before the programme starts. Previous knowledge of Maritime Law is not required. 

Students should alsod have a good command of English, both written and spoken. 

To get officially enrolled at the University of Bergen, students will also have to go through an application procedure to the University of Bergen after they have been selected by their home university. This application process is for administrative purposes only, and the students who have been selected and nominated by their home university will be granted admission to the University of Bergen. Selected students will receive further instructions once the University of Bergen has received the nomination from the student's home university.

Future expansion of the list of participating universities

According to plan, students from additional Chinese partner universities may be admitted to the programme from 2019 onwards. Please visit this webpage again in January 2019 to see which universities will be invited to the program in 2019.  

Costs

Participation in the programme, including accommodation during the duration of the programme, is free of charge. There are no tuition fees for the programme.

Transportation to field trip sites and cost of admission to sites included in the programme are taken care of by the organisers.
Lunch is served free of charge Monday through Friday. Some dinners are also included.

Participating students are responsible for covering the following costs themselves:

  • international roundtrip air tickets from China to Bergen
  • transport to and from airports
  • visa application fee
  • vaccinations
  • health insurance valid for the duration of their stay
  • breakfast and some other meals
  • personal expenses

Travel and Preparation, Arrival and Departure

Programme participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining their own visas. The organiser will provide participants with a letter of admission from the University of Bergen. This letter is required for visa application.

There will be a social get-together on Sunday 5 August, while the lectures start on Monday 6 August. Participants may arrive to Bergen as early as Friday 3 August and may stay at the guest house until check-out time on Sunday 19 August. Accommodation during this period is paid for by the organisers. If students choose to arrive earlier or stay longer they will be billed for the additional room charge.

Neither the University of Bergen Faculty of Law nor the student's home university will be responsible for personal injury, illness, or property damage or loss. Participants must purchase health insurance valid for the duration of their stay, and may also wish to consider an insurance for lost or damaged luggage, and trip cancellation insurance.

Housing

Students will stay at Marken Gjestehus which is a pleasant guesthouse in the city centre, a short walk from the Faculty of Law. 
Students will stay in shared rooms.  Some of the rooms have 2 beds and some have 4 beds.

Facilities:

  • Shared bathroom with showers
  • WC facilities
  • Livingroom
  • Diningroom
  • Guest kitchen where you can prepare meals.
  • Laundry room accessible to guests, (20 NOK pr. wash)
  • Free WIFI