LLM International Energy and Environmental Law
University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom
12 - 24 months
Full time, Part time
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The main focus of this course is how the growing pressure on natural resources has prompted a re-evaluation of traditional approaches to addressing the challenges and seeking opportunities, including mitigating climate change, halting and restoring biodiversity and habitat loss, sustainable development and replacing conventional forms of energy (oil, gas, coal), as well as a search for new and renewable ones via energy transition.
The course provides both breadth and depth of analysis into these issues through an integrated approach to environmental law that weaves in concepts and theories about sustainability, justice and human rights. While specialist, the LLM Environmental Law and Climate Justice course is accessible to those without a background in either energy or environmental issues or law and policy. It is therefore aimed at both law graduates and also those with experience in related disciplines in social and environmental sciences, as well as in the arts and humanities. This is enhanced by the cross-faculty provision of modules comprising the LLM course.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 Focus on sustainable development and climate change.
#2 Consider environmental law from an interdisciplinary perspective.
#3 Research intensive and employment-focused.
Environmental issues are among the most pressing across the globe. Whether in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss or environmental harm, solutions are urgently needed in law to mitigate, adapt, reduce or prevent significant impacts. This LLM degree addresses these concerns and canvasses potential solutions, enabling you to develop the skills and expertise you need to make a lasting and positive impact on the planet.
On this course, you’ll gain an excellent understanding of local, national and international environmental law. It addresses the legal, economic, scientific and political challenges facing society, giving you an integrated understanding of the relevant issues that will significantly enhance your employability.
All modules are delivered through small group learning and teaching, which provides an opportunity for interaction between students and staff. This supports the development of communication skills through the discussion and presentation of key issues.
Students are taught via a mix of lectures and seminars depending on the preference of the instructor. Most classes are via small group seminars with a mix of home and international students. Guest lectures are often arranged for some modules.
Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the weighting varying depending on the nature of the material taught.
By the end of the course, you’ll have:
- knowledge, understanding and skills at the Masters level that are appropriate for careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business
- in-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy and environmental law at the national, regional and international level
- an understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy and environmental law, policy-making and governance, as well as likely future developments in the area
- the academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study
Climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation – which is why environmental law and climate justice are amongst the most topical societal issues at the moment. As a result, there’s a great demand for employees who have specialised legal knowledge in environmental law.
Our graduates are also well-placed to pursue careers in:
- government and regulatory authorities;
- international bodies;
- non-governmental organisations and charities;
- pressure groups, including those from the energy and environmental sectors.