LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Law.
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time
The LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialization in a rapidly evolving area of law. Environmental law has grown rapidly over the past five decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. The increasingly vast scope of the environmental law is reflected in the umbrella notion of sustainable development that captures the links between traditional environmental issues and broader development concerns. The environmental law thus covers not only traditional nature conservation and pollution control issues but also broaden the use and conservation of natural resources. In addition, we emphasize links between environmental regulation and other related fields of law, such as human rights, trade or intellectual property rights.
The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that cover the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. This includes modules covering global and international environmental issues, either in their general context (Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context) or focused on specific regimes (Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy), modules focusing more specifically on the resource dimension of environmental law (Law and Natural Resources) and inter-disciplinary modules focused on specific resources (Water Law: Justice and Governance).
Beyond the courses you will take during your time at SOAS, you will also be invited to become student members of the Law, Environment, and Development Centre (LEDC). The LEDC is the focal point for environment-related research activities in the School of Law, including a vibrant Ph.D. cohort, an annual seminar series, the publication of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal), and other activities linked to ongoing research.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialization.
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
- Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy15PLAC15430Full Year
- Law and Natural Resources15PLAC12630Full Year
- Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context15PLAC11830Full Year
- Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
- Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific15PFFH01115Term 2
- Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 30 Full Year
General Law Postgraduate Module List
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.
Postgraduate Open Option Modules
A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
- LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 60 Full Year
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