Law and Justice
Semester of Instruction
Combines successfully with JUS273-2-A.
Objectives and Content
The course provides insight into international legal and political philosophy.
A central theme is the justification of law. Different theories of political justice and theories of the legitimacy of law are confronted with each other and discussed, both in a legal and an even broader perspective. The implications of these different theories for the concept of law and legal thinking are also considered.
The legitimacy of judicial review is a central question in the course. Basic knowledge of international legal philosophy, as presented in the course Legal philosophy, is recommended, but not required.
Based on the course the student should be able to
- discuss central positions in international discourse of legal and political 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.
- analyse and evaluate the foundations of these dominant positions.
- identify, discuss and state opinions about central questions in current international discourse, such as the character of legal reasoning and the legitimacy of judicial review.
Required Previous Knowledge
Three years of university studies.
Access to the Course
The course is available for the following students:
- Admitted to the integrated master programme in law
- Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
- Granted admission to elective courses at the Faculty of Law
- Granted additional right to study following completed master degree in law at UiB
- Exchange students at the Faculty of Law
The pre-requirements may still limit certain students' access to the course
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Four hour digital school exam.
Information about digital examination can be found here:
A - E for passed, F for failed.
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.
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.
Combined with JUS354 this course generates no new credits.
According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty
Course teacher: Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande
Administrative contact: firstname.lastname@example.org