EU and EEA Public Procurement Law - Master

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, in depth knowledge of some parts of it, 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:

  • thoroughly understand the goals of public procurement;
  • thoroughly understand the core concepts of public procurement law;


The course will further allow the student to:

  • describe in detail 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;

General competence

Finally, the course will allow the student to:

  • identify relevant legal problems of public procurement, particularly within unclear tenders and enforcement, and offer legally acceptable solutions to them; and familiarize with some of the most relevant EU case law on public procurement.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Master level

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Faculty of Law, University of Bergen
Required Previous Knowledge
Three years of law studies.
Recommended Previous Knowledge

Knowledge about EU or EEA law, unless other EU/EEA law subjects are read at the same time.

Good level of English language.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Combined with JUS285-2-A EU and EEA Public Procurement Law, or JUS2315 Public Procurement Law, this course will generate no new credits.

The course combines well with: JUS2309/JUS3509 Competition Law, JUS2301/JUS3501 Free Movement under EU and EEA Market Law, JUS2302/3502 EU and EEA State Aid Law

Access to the Course

The course is available for the following students:

  • Admitted to the five-year master programme in law
  • Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
  • Admitted to the Master of Laws (LLM) in EU and EEA Law
  • Granted admission to elective courses at the Faculty of Law
  • Granted additional right to study following completed Master in Law degree 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
Lectures, discussions and workshops.
Forms of Assessment

Paper + 4 hours digital school exam.

During the course, the students shall write a paper (maximum 3000 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

Grading Scale
A-E for pass, F failed
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The reading list will be ready 1 December for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
According to the administrative arrangements for course evaluation at the Faculty of Law
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
Programme Committee
The Academic Affairs Committee (Studieutvalget) at the Faculty of Law is responsible for ensuring the material content, structure and quality of the course.
Course Coordinator
Kristian Strømsnes and Linda Midtun
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Law¿s section for students and academic affairs (Studieseksjonen) is responsible for administering the programme