Environmental Law LLM

General

Program Description

Overview

The Earth today is facing major environmental challenges: climate change, loss of biodiversity and over-exploitation of natural resources. Addressing these requires effective legal and policy tools, internationally, nationally and locally. Dundee has the expertise to enable you to develop the key skills and knowledge to pursue a career in this exciting area of law and policy.

The University of Dundee has one of the largest groups of environmental and resource management lawyers on its staff in the UK. The staff has advised at the highest levels, practiced, published and taught widely in a broad range of areas of law including environmental regulation, energy, sustainable development, land use planning, nature conservation, forestry, water, arctic governance, and the law of the sea.

Besides being taught by leading experts, the Dundee programme gives law graduates and others a conceptual understanding of the main legal issues related to environmental protection and more widely, sustainable development. This is coupled with knowledge of the subject sufficient to enable and encourage the critical evaluation of current and future research and practice in the field. The choice of modules and dissertation topic allows students to focus on the environmental and sustainability issues that are important to them.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognized as an excellent place to study.Both the Guardian and Times 2017 league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland.Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”.

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare students for a successful career, at home or abroad.We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that new students have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of them in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning.

We seek to integrate LLM students into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.

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How you will be taught

In your six taught modules you will learn through preparation for and participation in a weekly two-hour seminar. All are taught by way of small group seminar discussion. You will be given reading to prepare in advance of seminars and will engage in discussions with lecturers and fellow students during the seminars. This mode of teaching will help you gain confidence in your ability to read, understand and analyze materials and in presenting your ideas in front of your peers.

How You Will Be Assessed

Substantive modules: continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. Compulsory dissertation: 15,000 words.

We seek to integrate LLM students into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars.We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.

What you will study

The programme aims to give law graduates and others a conceptual understanding of the main legal issues related to environmental regulation as well as knowledge of the subject sufficient to encourage the critical evaluation of current research and practice in the field. Students can choose from a range of modules designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues connected with the environment and the law.

Modules

Semester One (Students must take three)

  • Environmental Regulation (compulsory)

This module provides an overview of the main concepts and mechanisms used in regulating human impact on the environment. The topics covered include liability licensing regimes; enforcement strategies and tools; economic instruments; and integrating environmental concerns into wider decision making processes.

  • Principles of Sustainability

This is an interdisciplinary module which explores the origins, interpretations, and popularity of the concept of sustainable development and the principles underlying it. It is taught by experts from all parts of the School of Social Sciences including law.

  • International Petroleum Law and Policy
  • International Law of Natural Resources and Energy

These modules are taught by energy law experts in CEPMLP. The impact of energy law and policy on environmental matters and more widely sustainable development is significant especially in resource-dependent countries

  • Frameworks for Water Resource Management

This module is taught by expert water law staff in the UNESCO Centre for Water Law and Policy. Water supply, services, quality and equitable distribution are key features of both environmental law and sustainable development

Semester Two (Students must take three)

  • Transformation for Sustainability

This is an interdisciplinary module which examines the approaches, tools used for the effective implementation and delivery of sustainable development. Once again, it is taught by experts from the wider social sciences including law.

  • Global Human Rights

This module is taught by experts in the Law School. Human rights impact on environmental health and sustainable development.

  • National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy
  • International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources

These three modules are taught by energy law experts in CEPMLP. The impact of our use of natural resources on environmental matters and more widely sustainable development is significant especially in resource-dependent countries.

  • International Law of Water Resources
  • Governance and Regulation of Water Services
  • Politics of Environment and Climate Change

These modules are taught by expert water law staff in the UNESCO Centre for Water Law and Policy. Water supply, services, quality and equitable distribution are key issues in international environmental law.

Several other relevant modules are available within the Law School and the wider School of Social Sciences (see for examples modules offered by Politics and Town and Regional Planning). If students wish to choose a different option from those listed above please speak to Professor Ross.

Graduates of the environmental law programme have gone on to work in environmental law practices, central Government, environmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and several have moved on to doctoral research and academic careers.

Entry Requirement

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honors degree in law. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5

  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

About Dundee

Fantastic culture, beautiful landscapes and famously friendly people….Scotland has passion and innovation at its heart and these are just some of the reasons why it’s an amazing place to live and study.

Dundee is located on the banks of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland. It regularly appears at the top end of ‘quality of life’ surveys in the UK – offering all that’s great about city life, but being friendly, compact and easy to navigate.

The Wall Street Journal named Dundee as one of their ten hot destinations for 2018.

Dundee’s population is around 150,000. With students making up 1 in 5 of the population, our city is geared towards student life.

Our campus is right in the heart of Dundee’s vibrant and fun West End, with shops, cafes and restaurants all on your doorstep.

“Scottish people are nice and friendly. I remember the first day I arrived, the fellow who was supposed to meet me was not there yet. The taxi driver dropped me off, I knocked on the door and he was not there, so I was waiting outside. Someone came and asked if I was okay and invited me in while I waited. He welcomed me and gave me food and drink, so I started to love the people of Dundee and Scotland from the first day I came.” Willy William Mrema is from Tanzania and is studying MSc Geotechnical Engineering.

Last updated September 2019

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