Postgraduate course

Law and Justice

ECTS Credits

10 ECTS Credits

Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester


Combines successfully with JUS273-2-A.

Place of Instruction

Bergen Law Faculty

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Exam language

Question paper: English

Answer paper: English

Examination Support Material

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.

Grading Scale

A - E for passed, F for failed.

Subject Overlap

Combined with JUS354 this course generates no new credits.

Course Evaluation

According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty

Course Coordinator

Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande.


Contact Information

Course teacher: Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande

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

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    24.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam