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Postgraduate course

Comparative Private Law

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeJUS278-2-A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
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ECTS Credits

10 ECTS Credits

Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester

Autumn. (Exam each semester.)

Place of Instruction

Bergen Law Faculty

Objectives and Content

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the assortment of major European legal systems and the to different styles of law-making and interpretation within those systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Understand the distinction between common law and civil law legal systems in Europe;
Understand the variety of legal traditions which are contained within the category of private law in Europe;
Identify legal sources (constitution; legislation; case-law) from selected civil law systems;
Operate comparisons among different legal solutions both orally and in writing.

Required Previous Knowledge

Three years of university studies.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Three years of Law studies.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

In combination with JUS358 Comparative Private Law this course generates no new credits.

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 and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Exam each semester.

Four hour digital school exam.

Information about digital examination can be found here:


Exam language:

  • Question paper: English
  • Answer paper: English

Examination Support Material

Support materials allowed during school 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.

Course Evaluation

According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty.

Course Coordinator

Professor Berte-Elen Konow and Guest Professor Gianmaria Ajani.


Course teachers: Professor Berte-Elen Konow and guest professor Gianmaria Ajani

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    06.06.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam