From human rights to international trade and commerce, environmental law to development, we promise to enrich your understanding and prepare you for a career in a more integrated world. Our research, which is of the highest calibre, focuses on legal systems and legal challenges in the Global South, covering Africa, Asia and the Middle East, English Law, Comparative Law, Regional and International Law.
You will join a community built on distinguished expertise and a passion for how the law can make a difference on the local, national and international stage. Our distinguished alumni include lawyers, judges, politicians, businessmen/women and activists throughout the world.
Explore our postgraduate options below:
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 environmental law is reflected in the umbrella notion of sustainable development that captures the links between traditional environmental issues and broader development concerns.
Each LLM student is required to successfully complete 180 credits, which comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialisation.
The huge growth in the importance of multinational corporations, and countries such as China and the Gulf states, makes it equally useful to study such corporations and countries as well. SOAS has a unique concentration of modules in this area, taught by experts who combine experience in legal practice and consulting with academic scholarship.
The development of this LLM specialisation will allow students to engage with contemporary gender theories alongside existing PG Law modules that engage issues in gender and women’s rights.
Modules include comparative regional law, trade law, law and development, commercial law (including copyright and patent law), human rights, environmental law, Islamic law, dispute resolution, and international law.
Provides a unique specialisation in a rapidly developing 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.
Allows students to study human rights law, its application and relevance to a broad range of areas and legal issues, including Islamic law, Chinese law, gender, international law, conflict and labour law.
Allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Provide students with advanced skills in legal research, the ability to undertake high level analysis of law and legal issues with a focus on areas of research specific to the School of Law at SOAS, a grasp of the research methods that underpin the discipline and its place in the humanities and the social sciences, a grounding in legal research methods, and the ethics of legal research.
The School of Law accepts candidates for research work leading to a PhD.
Provides students with a basic understanding of international law, focusing on foundational structures that are necessary to engage with any international legal issue.
Our research in action
SOAS School of Law influences public and policy debate, legal practice and public understanding of social and legal issues by drawing on its wide thematic and regional expertise. The work of its scholars has made a significant impact on non-academic groups and other beneficiaries and audiences both in the UK and in our specialist regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Research on honour crimes by Lynn Welchman, Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa has been crucial to better understanding these crimes and developing coordinated responses.