EU and EEA Public Procurement Law

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The content of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the EU-EEA public procurement law and its application by covering theoretical and practical aspects of the procurement activity.

The discipline of public procurement enjoys of great practical importance as it is the set of rules that applies to the acquisition of goods, services and/or works by contracting entities in the EU. Public procurement activity accounts for up to 19% of the GDP of the Union.

This course is designed to provide with a thorough analysis of the most relevant aspects of public procurement law, including but not limited to the following aspects:

  • Definition and objectives of public procurement
  • Public procurement directives in the EU and its interplay with the TFEU
  • Core concepts such as

    • contracting authority
    • public contract
    • economic operator
  • EU-EEA Tender procedures (selection, exclusion, assessment and award of a contract)
  • Enforcement of procurement rules in the EU

Learning Outcomes

For exam purpose the requirement is thorough knowledge of material EU/EEA public procurement rules and case law as well as understanding of the relation between national and supranational legislation in this field of law.

The course will allow the student to:

  • understand the goals of public procurement;
  • understand the core concepts of public procurement law;
  • describe the main different public procurement rules and their scope of application;
  • describe the public procurement procedures towards the purchasing of goods, services and/or works;
  • identify relevant legal problems of public procurement and offer solutions to them; and familiarize with some of the most relevant EU case law on public procurement.


Full time

ECTS Credits

10 ECTS Credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Bergen Law Faculty
Required Previous Knowledge
Good level of English. Three years of university studies.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Three years of law studies.
Subject Overlap

No overlapping with courses at the Bergen Faculty of Law.

Combines successfully with JUS258-2-B Competetion Law and JUS287-2-A EU and EEA Commercial Law.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

No overlapping with courses at the Bergen Faculty of Law.

Combines successfully with JUS258-2-B Competetion Law and JUS287-2-A EU and EEA Commercial Law.

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
Forms of Assessment

4 hour digital school exam.

During the course, the students shall write a paper (maximum 2000 words, excluding footnotes).

The paper will make up 40% of the final grade. 60% of the grade is based on the 4 hour digital school exam.

Information about digital examination can be found here:

Exam language:

  • Question paper: English
  • Answer paper: English
Grading Scale
A - E for passed, F for failed.
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
According to Law Faculty routines.
Examination Support Material

See section 3-5 of the Supplementary Regulations for Studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen.

In addition: Collection of relevant material supplied by the Faculty of Law.

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.
Course Coordinator
Kristian Strømsnes