Environmental Law LLM

 
  

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Qualification
LLM Environmental Law
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS
7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course offers an insight into the international legal response to environmental challenges, from global warming, to the destruction of vital habitat sites.
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The international community increasingly faces the task of addressing a whole host of environmental challenges. This course provides an insight into the international legal response to these challenges, which include global warming, ozone layer depletion, the over-exploitation by mankind of wildlife species and the destruction of vital habitat sites.

The modules available cover a wide range of relevant contemporary issues, and their purpose is to provide a solid grounding in international environmental law as applied in a particular context.

Modern techniques of environmental regulation are also addressed, such as the funding mechanisms for international environmental treaties (eg. Biodiversity Convention, Ozone Layer Convention) and the procedural requirement for environmental impact assessment of certain activities under international law.

Key facts 

  • The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
  • The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
  • We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic
 

Course details

The LLM programme is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed in two academic years.

Students must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the LLM Environmental Law. The remaining 30 credits needed to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes. 

In addition, students must choose a dissertation topic which sits within the field of Environmental Law. Students are given a wide array of support when choosing their dissertation title and preparing to undertake research, with bespoke workshops and one-to-one support available throughout the process.

Teaching

The LLM programme operates small-group seminar teaching, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. Students are encouraged and expected to prepare for and participate in seminars so that they get the maximum benefit from teaching sessions.

All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where the module option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.

Modular assessments

Students are given the opportunity to complete a formative assessment in both the autumn and spring term, which acts as a practice assignment that does not contribute towards their degree. Rather, formative assessments provide valuable feedback which can be utilised constructively when completing summative assessments.

All summative assessments take place at the end of the spring term; this includes assessments for autumn options. Modules are assessed by either essay, examination, or a combination of both.

 
 

Modules

Qualifying module options

Biodiversity and International Law

This module examines the mechanisms by which international law seeks to protect and conserve biological diversity in terms of species and ecosystems, as well as genetic diversity within species.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the principal treaty regimes, and related scientific, economic and philosophical issues, concerned with the conservation of biological diversity
 
General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law

The module is designed to elucidate those general themes and principles that have emerged from the substantial body of detailed rules regulating the environment in international law, particularly since the 1972 Stockholm conference on the Human Environment. It will consider the extent to which these rules are evolving into a coherent legal regime.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the general principles and themes which underline the substantive legal regulation of international environmental problems
 
International Investment Law

This module deals with key aspects of the international system for the regulation of foreign investment. The module focuses primarily on issues arising from investor-host state relations under Bilateral Investment Treaties or BITs and some other International Investment Agreements or IIAs but also touches upon international investment contracts, where relevant.

Special attention will be given to the means of regulating investment using such instruments, including standards of treatment and breaches thereof, the taking of foreign property and the settlement of investment disputes by means of arbitration.

This module aims to:

  • develop an understanding of how the international system for the regulation of foreign investment and investment arbitration operates in principle and in practice
 
International Law of the Sea

The module will consider:

  • the history and evolution of the law of the sea 
  • baselines, internal waters and the territorial sea 
  • straits, archipelagos and the contiguous zone
  • the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone 
  • the high seas
  • the international seabed area and ice-covered areas

This module aims to:

  • provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the basic legal framework governing use of the seas
 
International Law of Transboundary Pollution

The module examines the techniques and mechanisms by which international law seeks to protect the atmosphere and freshwater resources from various forms of pollution.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the major treaty regimes, and fundamental principles of liability, which seek to address problems of transboundary pollution
 
International Law of Treaties

This module examines the legal regime governing the adoption, implementation, interpretation, amendment and termination of international agreements within the wider context of the role and significance of treaties in the international legal order.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the legal principles governing the adoption and application of international treaties, the theoretical controversies underlying those principles and the role of treaties in international society
 
Law Development and the International Community

This module examines some of the relationships between law and development. After examining both the notion of development per se and the right to development as a human right, the module moves on to cover a number of individual issues where the relationship between law, development and human rights can be explored.

Subjects covered include:

  • the concept of development and the role of international law in promoting "development"
  • the regulation of aid
  • the WTO and developing countries
  • intellectual property and access to medication
  • the protection of traditional knowledge
  • agriculture
  • food aid and food security
  • sustainable development
  • gender and development

This module aims to:

  • examine some of the relationships between law and development
  • provide an understanding of the international regulatory system and its impact on developing countries
 
Maritime Law

The module is designed to address the law relating to maritime casualties, their aftermath and transactions associated with shipping.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of several interacting area of law
  • develop an awareness of the contribution of law to crisis management in the context of a maritime casualty
 
Principles of Public International Law

The module is primarily concerned with those customary and treaty rules governing relations between States. This module aims to give candidates a thorough grounding in the principles of PIL. The basic topics include: nature of international law, sources, actors in the international legal system, jurisdiction and state responsibility.

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Public International Law
  • develop an understanding of the structure and development of the international legal system and to understand its wider political context
 
Rights, Humans and Other Animals

This module covers:

  • the changing perspectives on the status and treatment of animals
  • developments in the field of protection of the human person
  • philosophical foundations of human rights and applicability to other species
  • the current regime governing the protection of animals under international law
  • the notion of rights and implications of its extension to other species

This module aims to:

  • enable students to develop an awareness of the philosophical foundations of the current regimes for the protection of humans and other animals under international law, and of their impact upon substantive rules and to develop a critical and evaluative approach to these issues
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Up-to-date fees information can be found on our student fees and finance website.

School of Law Treaty Centre Scholarship

A scholarship to the sum of £4,000 is available from the School of Law's Treaty Centre to support the completion of either the LLM Environmental Law, or the MSc Law and Environmental Science. The scholarship will be awarded to the most deserving candidate.

All applications for these two degrees received by 1 July 2016 for a place in the 2016/17 academic year will automatically be considered for the scholarship. Applications received after that date will not be considered for this award.

Further funding opportunities

The School of Law advertises a number of scholarship opportunities each year, please see the school's funding webpage for further information.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.

A selection of LLM graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current lecturers having completed both the LLM and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

Average starting salary and career progression

Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*

* Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time. 

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. 

Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 250 careers events
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.

 
 
 

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