University of Washington





NORWAY   Fall 2006



The Law Faculty

University of Bergen


Human Rights and International Law:

A European Perspective


Application Form

During Fall Semester 2006 (August 15 to December 12), the Jackson School of International Studies will organize a program of study at the Law Faculty of the University of Bergen, Norway. This program offers students a unique opportunity to earn 20 or more UW credits while living and studying in an exciting city in western Norway. The primary courses will meet the requirements of the University of Washington Human Rights Minor, including the three credit field practicum.

Norway is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and has been a major contributor to humanitarian causes, far in excess of countries of similar size. Meetings in Oslo eventually gave a name to the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords. Norway has played important peace-making and peacekeeping roles in dozens of conflicts around the globe, from Guatemala to Colombia, Cyprus, Sudan and Sri Lanka. Many of Norway’s small successes have come through individual efforts, church groups or other Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs). For example, the efforts for a cease-fire between the government and rebels in Guatemala came about through the work of Petter Skauen in Norwegian Church Aid. Norway has historically been a strong US ally through its participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and has troops now serving with the NATO force in Afghanistan.

Described as the "Gateway to the Fjords", the city of Bergen lies nestled among the coastal mountains in western Norway. Today its international focus is very much in evidence in the thriving maritime industry, as well its education and research institutions. For a look at the city and its attractions, see

This program will be centered at the Law School of the University of Bergen and will focus on international human rights and humanitarian law. The law school site is  The program will be open to undergraduates, law students and graduate students at the University of Washington. Students will take a series of courses at the law school, including Economic and Social Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Additional elective courses may be taken at the University of Bergen, at no additional cost. International studies credits directly transferable to the UW and applicable to the UW Human Rights minor can be obtained.


Questions about the program can be addressed to Frederick Michael Lorenz, JD, LLM, Program Director, Jackson School Box 353650 At the Jackson School you can contact Linda Iltis,


Since the University of Bergen is on the semester system, class will start in mid August and the exam period ends in mid December.  Students may earn up to 25 UW credits for the sixteen week period of instruction. Because of the length of the semester, the primary subjects will be offered in two phases, with University of Bergen Economic Social and Cultural Human Rights in two parts, including an introductory phase.  UW Jackson School courses SISME420 and SIS490 will be taught consecutively. Students will have the option to take all four parts for 20 UW credits, as well as the choice of an elective from the University of Bergen, such as introductory Norwegian, earning up to 25 UW credits during the semester.

Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights, 10 UW credits, 5 credits for each phase of two phases.  The first phase will be an introduction to human rights and international law from a European perspective. This will develop a thorough understanding of the principles governing the interpretation of treaties as laid down in the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties (1969), and of these principles applied on Human Rights Conventions, especially The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) (ESC) This will include the background for ESC, the relationship with national and international law, and also the interpretation of the convention.  The course coordinator will be Professor Henriette S. Aasen, and will include participation by Professor Jørgen Aall and  Professor Asbjørn Eide, formerly Director and currently Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Centre of Human Rights (Oslo).

SISME420 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) (Lorenz) 5 UW credits. IHL, sometimes called the Law of Armed Conflict, is a branch of Public International Law. The course will begin with an introduction to the basic principles of international law and the historical development of rules developed by civilized nations protect the victims of armed conflict, and to limit the destructive consequences of warfare.  Key treaties will be studied, including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Genocide Convention.  The international criminal tribunals will be reviewed, as well as the current status of the Yugoslav Tribunal (ICTY), and the other international courts.  The International Criminal Court (ICC) will be the subject of a discussion: Why are there major differences between Europe and the US in terms of support for the court? 


SIS490 International Law and the War Against Terror (Lorenz) 5 UW credits. The so called “war against terror” is in the news daily, and the current approach of the US is highly controversial. What are the standards of international law applicable to the conflict?  Has the US unnecessarily alienated its European partners in pursuing its own policy? Is there a way to balance the need for security against the need to protect human rights?  The recent allegations of secret prisons run by the US on European soil will be covered, and the international Convention Against Torture. There will be an opportunity to explore these questions in an international setting, and guest lecturers will provide the European perspective.


Field Practicum and Independent Study:  There will be a field trip to the Nobel Institute and the new Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, you can visit the web sites at and Students may earn up to three UW credits for independent study projects as SIS499 during the semester. Jackson School of International Studies students will also have the opportunity write a “qualifying paper” to meet their graduation requirements, by prior arrangement with the Program Director.

Recognition of courses and credits: The SIS courses described above can be directly credited as listed. Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights can count towards your graduation requirements in a variety of programs, including SIS, CHID, Scandinavian Studies and the Human Rights Minor. This program will be of great interest to LSJ majors. If you are majoring in LSJ, please see the LSJ advisor to learn how one or more of the Bergen courses can count toward the LSJ major. Students are advised to consult the appropriate departmental adviser regarding the requirements met by all the courses listed above.

Housing: Students will be housed in the international Fantoft Student Hostel, in shared suites with private rooms and access to kitchen facilities. This will be a good place to mix with other students from around the world, the distance to Bergen City, the main campus and the Law School is about three miles, there is prompt and efficient bus service available.


Faculty: The program director will be Frederick Michael Lorenz, JD, LLM who served twenty-seven years as a US Marine Corps lawyer, his last assignment was Professor of Political Science at the National Defense University. During his military career he served as senior legal advisor in field missions in Somalia and Bosnia, and later worked as a civilian legal affairs officer for the United Nations in Kosovo. Assignments have taken him to conflict zones on four continents, including Cambodia, Somalia, the Former Yugoslavia and Iraq. He currently teaches International Humanitarian Law (SISME 420) and Water and Security in the Middle East (SISME490) at the University of Washington. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.


Professor dr. juris Erling Johannes Husabø. Research and teaching areas; Criminal Law and Human Rights. Special interest in the interaction between international law, EU law and national law in improving criminal legislation on combating terrorism. He has been a professor at Bergen University Faculty of Law since 1998,  doctoral degree 1994, vice dean at the Faculty of law 1999-2001, member of several national committees. Served as a judge in the Court of appeals (Gulating Lagmannsrett) 1998.


Eligibility: UW student with junior or senior standing in August 2006, graduate students and law students are eligible. Applicants should submit a one page statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation from UW faculty or instructors familiar with their work. Priority will be given to students with a strong interest in human rights and international law. Applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process and notified of the program’s decision in writing. Law Students: For additional information about your eligibility and transfer of credits to the law school, see Prof. Mary Hotchkiss,   Total enrollment is limited to 15 students.


Application: Please download a form from this web page or pick up a program application form from the Jackson School Administrative Office, Thomson 111, and submit your completed application to that office by the application deadline, April 7, 2006. The selection process starts as soon as the first applications are received, so students are advised to apply early.


Program Cost and Payment Schedule: The departmental program fee is $5796. In addition to the departmental program fee, students will pay the IPE fee of $300. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be required to sign and submit a payment contract.  Fees will then be charged to participants’ UW student accounts and will be payable to UW Student Fiscal Services in 129 Schmitz Hall or via MyUW according to the following payment schedule:


Payment Type


Due Date

Non-refundable Program Deposit


May 12, 2006

Program Fee Payment


June 9, 2006

Program Fee Balance


Oct. 13, 2006



Oct. 13, 2006














 The departmental program fee includes instructional costs, housing and program excursions. The program fee DOES NOT include meals, textbooks, airfare, International Student I.D. Card, personal spending money, or the $300 IPE fee (as noted above).Program fees are paid in dollars; most program expenses are paid in Norwegian Kronars. The departmental program fee may have to be modified based upon dollar devaluation or severe inflation. If such a change occurs, students will be notified of the increase and an adjustment will be made to the final program payment.


Withdrawal Policy:  A student withdrawing from the program by June 2, 2006  will be refunded all but the non-refundable $350 program deposit.  Any student withdrawing from the program after this deadline will be liable for any non-recoverable payments already made or committed on behalf of the participant, be up to to the entire program fee.  No refunds will be given once the program begins. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to both the International Programs and Exchanges Office and the Jackson School of International Studies.


Financial Aid & Scholarships:  Most forms of financial aid can be utilized during participation in the program. Participants who are on financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to verify that their awards will apply.  Students should reference     for more information about Financial Aid & scholarships, including the quarterly IPE scholarship.


Concurrent Enrollment & Pre-Departure Orientation: Students participating in the program must submit forms to concurrently enroll in the UW during autumn quarter 2006.  Concurrent enrollment forms will be provided at the FIUTS/IPE Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation on May 13, 2006 and will be due to IPE by August 1, 2006.  For complete information regarding concurrent enrollment and the Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation, please visit the IPE website:


Insurance: The University of Washington strongly recommends that students participating in this program maintain major medical insurance coverage (that covers them internationally) while abroad.   Please reference the IPE website for additional insurance resources.


For more information you can attend Program briefings by the Program Director on the Seattle Campus:


Thursday March 2 in Thomson Hall Room 317 at 3:30


Wednesday March 29 in Thomson Hall Room 403 at 3:30


 The following pages include photos of Bergen taken by the Program Director in the summer of 2005.


Historic Downtown Bergen (Bryggen)


Waterway near Bergen


Hiking in the hills above Bergen, a city tram provides access.




Maritime Museum, Bergen


Center Hall of the Law School, mixing old and new



Bergen City from the hills, looking south, July 2005.

The main University of Bergen campus is

on this side of the bridge, in the upper left side of this photo.

The MV Explorer (Semester at Sea) can be seen near the bridge.




Frederick Michael Lorenz

Revised Feb 24, 2006