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Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMBLSP-1
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

5 ECTS credits.

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Bergen is the maritime capital of Norway, and the Maritime Bergen Law Summer 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the Maritime Bergen Law Summer Programme, it is expected that the students should have basic knowledge of essential features of Maritime Law and the Maritime Business Sector.

The students shall have acquired:

  • experience from interacting with persons from a different culture than their own and from explaining features of their own legal culture to a person from a legal culture different than their own.
  • ability to communicate and cooperate with fellow students from a culture different from their own;
  • basic legal English skills

Required Previous Knowledge

International students:

Admission is restricted to a designated number of students from each of the following universities:

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

Each year, the participating universities will be informed about the available number of places for their students.

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. If the student is enrolled in a graduate law programme one year of law studies is sufficient.

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

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.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good level of English language.

Access to the Course


Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

During the two-week long programme, there will be a combination of lectures and field trips.

The field trips are site visits to businesses and government offices operating in the maritime business sector. The companies represent the whole value chain of the maritime cluster; ship owners, service providers, shipyards and equipment manufactures.

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, attendande of lectures and excursions in 2018 does not count towards later versions of the course. This is due to the key role the 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 2000 - 3000 words.

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

Exam language:

Question paper: English

Answer paper: English

Grading Scale

Pass or fail.

Subject Overlap

No overlapping with other courses.

Course Coordinator

Professor Bjørnar Borvik, PhD.