LLM in Environmental Law
Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two/ three 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 one of the most rapidly developing areas 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.
The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of courses that covers all the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. 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 this plays in most international environmental negotiations.
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 much more grounded context to the study of environmental law.
Further, 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.
For further information about the general LLM at SOAS and a list of all the courses, please visit the General LLM description.
Students are required to take courses equivalent to four full units. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be assessed by a 15,000 word dissertation. Three courses must be chosen from the list below. The fourth option may be chosen from the SOAS LLM course list or an approved language. There is also an optional pre-sessional course.
Three courses must be chosen from the following SOAS LLM course list:
- Climate change law and policy - 15PLAC154 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Intellectual property rights and development - 15PLAC113 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
- International environmental law - 15PLAC118 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Law and natural resources - 15PLAC126 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Water and development:conflict and governance - 15PDSH049 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
- Water Law: Justice and Governance - 15PLAH044 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Optional Pre-sessional Course
- Preliminary law, legal reasoning and legal methods - 15PLAC162 (0 Unit) - Term 1
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Application Deadline: 2014-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2014-02-28 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Kate Van Akin - Harvard University, Law School
My time flew by in London. I made a lot of wonderful friends at SOAS, and we often attended the various events put on by the Student Union and student societies, which ranged from musical performances to debates to movie screenings.