MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
Duration: One year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).
Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline
Start of programme: September intake only
The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development 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 MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. 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 MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development 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 MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development gives specific emphasis to different regions of the South, including South Asia, China and sub-Saharan Africa.
For further information about the general structure of the MA in Law programme at SOAS, please visit the General MA in Law (MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies) page.
To facilitate their study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course in the September before they begin their MA.
Students are required to take at least two (2.0) units associated with their specialised MA. The following courses are associated with the Environmental Law and Sustainable Development specialisation:
- Climate Change Law and Policy - 15PLAC154 (1 Unit)
- Intellectual Property Rights and Development - 15PLAC113 (1 Unit)
- International Environmental Law - 15PLAC118 (1 Unit)
- Law and Natural Resources - 15PLAC126 (1 Unit)
- Water and Development: Conflict and governance - 15PDSH049 (0.5 Unit)
- Water Law: Justice and governance - 15PLAH044 (0.5 Unit)
All MA students are required to complete a Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 - (1 Unit)
Examples of possible non-law options:
- Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific - 15PFFH011 (0.5 Unit)
- Global Energy & Climate Policy - 15PFFC017 (1 Unit)
Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-02-27 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
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Hirsh Jain, Harvard University, Law School
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