LLM in Environmental Law
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 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law
Start of programme: September intake only
The LLM in Environmental Law provides a unique specialisation in a rapidly developing area of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense which includes not only environmental issues strictly speaking but also all the links that they have with other areas such as natural resources, human rights, economic development trade or intellectual property rights. In other words, there is a very direct and close link between environmental law and sustainable development. This is not surprising since sustainable development has been the umbrella concept guiding the development of environmental law since the late 1980s. It remains the central concept around which environmental law and policy is centered (the Rio+20 summit was known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) and around international development policy is focused at least until 2030 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.
The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that covers 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 and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice).
The international and global nature of many environmental issues makes the international law component a key part of the LLM in Environmental Law. We offer all the general topics that make up the core of international environmental law. Additionally, we focus specifically on the North-South dimension of international environmental issues given the key role that this plays in most international environmental negotiations. Further, the LLM in Environmental Law specifically seeks to put international environmental law in its national context and examines the broad legal frameworks negotiated at the international level in the context of their implementation in selected countries of the South. It thus provides a grounded context to the study of environmental law. We also study the legal regimes of individual countries of the South to provide much more specific analysis of the discipline at the level of its implementation in specific contexts. The LLM in Environmental Law gives specific emphasis to different regions of the South, including South Asia, China and sub-Saharan Africa.
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 specialisation.
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Specialism Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
- Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 (30 credits) Full Year
- Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice 15PLAC177 (30 credits) Full Year
- Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 (15credits) Term 1
- Water and Development:Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 (15credits) Term 2
- Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 (15credits) Term 2
- Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 (30 credits) 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 credits) Full Year
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Last updated November 10, 2017