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SOAS University of London MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
SOAS University of London

MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

London, United Kingdom

1 Years

English

Full time, Part time

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GBP 17,000 / per year *

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* full-time fees: UK £17,000; Overseas £24,650. Part-time 2 years fees: UK £8,500/year; Overseas £12,325/year. Part-time 3 years fees: UK £5,610/year; Overseas £8,135/year

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The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development 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. 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. Environmental law thus covers not only traditional nature conservation and pollution control issues but also broader the use and conservation of natural resources. In addition, we emphasise links between environmental regulation and other related fields of law, such as human rights, trade or intellectual property rights.

Why SOAS?

The SOAS degree offers a distinct and unique mix of modules that covers the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions, with a focus on the global South.

At SOAS, we understand environmental law as deeply connected with human and social issues. This is why our compulsory introductory course is a course on Law Environment and Social Justice. This also explains why human rights dimensions find a repeated place in our courses.

Our international environmental law focused courses (International Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Policy, and Law and Global Commons) will offer you a strong base in some of the main challenges arising at the international and global level and provide you particular insights in the global South-global North aspects of relevant regimes that are on the whole structured around a North-South dichotomy.

We also offer courses focusing more specifically on the resource dimension of environmental law. At SOAS, we take a broad view of the subject matter and our Law and Natural Resources course addresses a broad variety of natural resources beyond the traditional focus on oil and gas and does so in particular in terms of the livelihoods and human rights consequences of natural resource use. Our water courses (Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements and Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation) address the increasingly crucial and understudied field of water and do so from an interdisciplinary perspective in collaboration with the Department of Development Studies.

The programme is anchored in the research carried out at SOAS on environmental law whose institutional home is 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 PhD cohort, an annual seminar series, the publication of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal), and other activities linked to ongoing research. As students on the LLM in environmental law, you will be invited to become student members of the LEDC, providing you with an opportunity to become involved and engage with the SOAS research community and actors in the field, which includes many scholars in different departments and interdisciplinary centres, such as the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy and the Centre for Water and Development.

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