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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 was offered for the first time in August 2018 and will be offered again in August 2019 .

Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme

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 information about the 2019 edition of the Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme in due time. Minor changes and improvements will be done from 2018 to 2019, but the information about the 2018 edition given underneath will give you an idea of the MBLSP until the information about the 2019 edition is ready.

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 summer study programme in Bergen, Norway. Students who complete the course will be awarded 5 ECTS credits.  

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, there is some time reserved for study and for exploring the city and the area around Bergen on your own, or together with fellow students.  

The complete programme can be found at the bottom of this page.

For complete course description, please consult this webpage https://www.uib.no/en/course/MBLSP-1 

Curriculum

The course is built up around the life cycle of a ship. Starting out from ship registers, ship financing and shipbuilding contracts. Continuing to contracts for the carriage of goods and passengers, marine insurance and liability for damage, loss and delays. Then the more troublesome parts of a ship’s life such as environmental law and marine pollution, and choice of law and dispute resolution when problems or conflicts arise.

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 recognized and often preferred model for solving disputes internationally.

The curriculum will included the following subjects:

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

Teaching

Lectures and seminars are held at the University of Bergen Faculty of Law from Monday 5 August through Friday 16 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 4 August and ends with an informal farewell gathering in the evening of Friday 16 August.

Lecturers

A total of 14 different lecturers contributed to the 2018 programme, in addition to the presentors during the visits and field trips. The lecturers are professors and researchers, or experienced practicioners from the maritime sector. A detailed presentation of the 14 lecturers and their topics may be found here

Among the practicioners lecturing in the 2018 programme, in order of appearance, we found representatives from

Field trips

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.

In 2018, the programme included the following visits:

 

Practical matters

Application Procedures and Eligibility

International students:

Admission is open to students from the following universities only:

  • Renmin University of China Law School
  • China University of Political Science and Law
  • Peking University Law School
  • Tsinghua University School of Law
  • Shandong University School of Law
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law
  • City University of Hong Kong School of Law
  • Mitchell Hamline (USA)

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.

Norwegian students:

10-15 students enrolled in the MAJUR or MAJUR-2 programme may be admitted.

Interested students must submit an application according to the instructions and deadline which will be published annually in MittUiB well in advance of the next upcoming summer programme.

If the number of applicants is greater than the number of places available for Norwegian students, students will be selected based on the quality of their application. The selection is done by the course leader and the course administrator.

Given that there are places available, students who attended the 2018 0-credits version may attend the MBLSP course again to gain ECTS credits.

Given that there are places available, students who complete their master of law degree between the time of application and the start of the Summer Programme, may attend the programme enrolled as POSTMAJUR students.

However, students who will still be enrolled in the MAJUR or MAJUR-2 programme at the time of the Summer Programme, will be selected before students who according to plan will complete the master of law degree before the start of the Summer Programme.

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, or USA 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 4 August, while the lectures start on Monday 5 August. Participants may arrive to Bergen as early as Friday 2 August and may stay at the guest house until check-out time on Sunday 18 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

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance of lectures and excursions which are part of the programme is mandatory. An up to 25 % deviation from the general rule of 100 % attendance can be accepted.

In case a student who attended the 2018 0-credits version wishes to attend the programme again to earn ECTS credits, attendance of lectures and excursions in 2018 does not count towards later versions of the course. This is due to the key role Norwegian students have in the implementation of the programme, acting as hosts for the international students.

Forms of Assessment

Take home exam.

When a need for resit occurs, a resit will be organized on an individual basis.  

At the beginning of the two-week programme, the students will be given select topics and questions to reflect upon throughout the duration of the programme. On the last day of the two-week programme, each student must submit an individual reflection paper based on their learning throughout the course.

The reflection paper may be developed throughout the duration of the programme. On the final day of the programme, the afternoon session will be reserved for finalizing and completing the paper before submission.

The reflection paper must be an individual, original work by the student, complying with academic and scientific ideals following academic standards for citation and references.

The reflection paper must be no more than 2000 - 3000 words.

The reflection paper will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Exam language:

•             Question paper: English

•             Answer paper: English