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NSA 2511 International Maritime Law

NSA 2511 International Maritime Law

Course code: 
NSA 2511
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Cathrine Bjune
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
Semester: 
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The course gives a thorough introduction to International Maritime Law and rules and contracts applicable to shipping. The students will learn about the national and international framework of shipping, jurisdiction and applicable law(s), and how conventions and standard contracts are created and implemented. The course covers flag state laws.port state laws and contracts used for shipping of goods and passengers.Important principles of salvage, collision, pollution and environmental aspects of shipping is covered. The students will learn about IMO and the importance of conventions when regulating the international shipping industry. Laws applicable to transportation at sea, cargo liability, passenger liabilities, collision and other third party liabilities are covered. Mandatory and non-mandatory rules relating to shipowners' and charterers' liabilities iare covered, together with limitation rules and rules relating to maritime liens and mortgages.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will acquire an understanding of the rules relating to the maritime industry and shipping, including:

  • The national and international legal framework of shipping
  • Flag state, port state and contract rules
  • The impact of environmental considerations
  • Standard contracts commonly used in relation to ship, cargoes and passengers
  • Maritime law and international conventions
  • Shipowners' liabilities in contract and in tort
  • Oil and bunkers pollution
  • Shipowners right to limit liabilities
  • Salvage and collision liabilities
  • Maritime liens and mortgages
  • Jurisdiction and methods of dispute resolution
Learning outcomes - Skills

The course will enable the students to identify and use the laws and regulations in order to:

  • Identify and solve common legal problems related to the operation of ships
  • Understand the importance of jurisdiction and choice of law rules
  • Identify the shipowners legal liabilities in contract and in tort
  • How to measure and pay for various liabilities
  • Identify the liable party in a dispute
  • Decide on relevant laws applicable to a dispute involving a shipowner and or carrier
  • Solve practical cases of a maritime nature
  • Interpret commonly used standard contracts such as Bills of Ladings and passenger contracts.
  • The extent of third party liabilities.
Learning Outcome - Reflection

The students will learn the complex legal nature of international shipping, and the laws and contracts applicable to ships and ships operations. They will understand why maritime law is considered to be international, and why international rules are important to world trade. The students will be able to reflect on practical cases of a marine nature, and to solve them using relevant laws. They will get an understanding of why we have limitation rules, and how these are applied to individual claims and disputes. The The students will be able to understand and reflect on the importance of common international rules and regulations as a tool for limiting damage to the environment and for increasing the safety of ships. This includes important international maritime conventions, and how they are incorporated into national laws.

Course content
  • International Maritime Law - introduction and terminology
  • The Norwegian Maritime Code
  • National laws and international conventions
  • Ship registration and the importance of the flag
  • Shipowners liabilities in contract and tort
  • Carriers liability to cargo
  • Carriers liability to passengers
  • Limitation rules
  • Maritime liens
  • Salvage rules
  • Collision rules
  • Liability for oil and bunkers pollution
  • Liens and mortgages
  • Jurisdiction and dispute resolutions
  • Case work
Learning process and requirements to students

The course is conducted through a total of 45 hours of lectures, field trips and casework. 

As a part of lectures assignments will be placed on It’s learning. Students are expected to be prepared for class by working with the assignments, as the lecturer will review these assignments in class. Feedback will also consist of the students comparing their solutions with the one that is explained by the lecturer.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

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Required prerequisite knowledge

None

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
NSA25111
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination every semester
100Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • The Norwegian Maritime Code (Norwegian or English version)
Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • The Norwegian Maritime Code (Norwegian or English version)
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code: NSA25111
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching36Hour(s)
Review of assignments in plenary3Hour(s)Participation at assignment reviews by lecturer
Excursion / Business visits6Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching68Hour(s)(approx. 1.5 hours per hour of lectures or assignment reviews by lecturer)
Group work / Assignments14Hour(s)Work on mandatory mini-exercises (approx. 1 hour per mini-exercise)
Self study73Hour(s)Preparation for exams
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:36 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Review of assignments in plenary
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:Participation at assignment reviews by lecturer
Workload activity:Excursion / Business visits
Duration:6 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:68 Hour(s)
Comment:(approx. 1.5 hours per hour of lectures or assignment reviews by lecturer)
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:14 Hour(s)
Comment:Work on mandatory mini-exercises (approx. 1 hour per mini-exercise)
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:73 Hour(s)
Comment:Preparation for exams
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.

Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Falkanger, Thor; Bull, Hans Jacob; Brautaset, Lasse 2017 Scandinavian maritime law: the Norwegian perspective 4th ed Universitetsforl Chapters. 1,6,8,9,10,11,13,14,18,19,20
Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Branch, Alan E.; Robarts, Michael 2014 Branch's elements of shipping 9th ed Routledge