Understanding the development and functioning of environmental law across different levels of environmental governance is an important issue of our time. This requires moving beyond the traditional approach to teaching international, regional, EU and national environmental law in isolation from one other.
There's also a growing need to understand the relevance for environmental governance of the legal practices of indigenous peoples and local communities, business entities, local administrations, and transnational environmental practitioners.
The programme aims to help students critically appraise and creatively contribute to environmental regulation and governance at the international, transnational, national and local levels.
Studying this course, you'll be equipped with a wide range of expertise in environmental law, in areas like:
-Food and agriculture
-Climate change and energy
-Water and oceans
You'll focus on the global dynamics of environmental law. In particular, you'll look at the mutual influences and interactions among different regulatory levels.
The programme draws both on cutting-edge academic research on global environmental law, and on first-hand professional experience in environmental law and governance at different levels.
Your ability to gain international employment is at the heart of this course. It'll equip you with the skills and expertise you need to pursue a career in:
-National governments involved in international, EU and/or transnational law matters
-Non-government organisations that operate at a regional, sub-national, national or international level
-Private companies concerned with international, EU and/or transnational environmental law
We have a successful track record of helping LLM students obtain competitive international internships with United Nations organisations. These are optional, and their duration and conditions vary depending on the host organisation. They usually start towards the end of the course.
Our programme directors are currently concluding formal agreements with selected international organisations to secure a number of internships for LLM students each year.
Our course directors will provide advice on international careers. They can give you some insider tips on how to apply for jobs with, for example, the United Nations and will be available to review job applications.
Network with other professionals
LLM students will become part of a closed alumni group on LinkedIn. This will give you the opportunity to network with other professionals in environmental law and governance. It'll also ensure you're updated on selected job opportunities.
-International Environmental Law 1
-International Environmental Law 2
-Global Environmental Law: Issues of Sustainability and Equity
The opportunity to select from our range of elective classes gives you the chance to pursue your personal interests and tailor your degree to your intended career path. Options include:
-EU Environmental Law 1
-EU Environmental Law 2 - External Dimensions
-International Climate Change Law
-Oceans Governance & the Law of the Sea
-Other elective classes
Learning & teaching
The course will be taught primarily through face-to-face sessions in the form of weekly interactive seminars. Seminars give you the chance to make sure you've fully understood the subject matter, but also to develop and discuss ideas with your peers, and to develop specific research interests.
You'll be expected to draw on the knowledge and skills you've developed in your undergraduate studies, as well as on other professional or academic experience you've acquired since then, and share them with fellow course participants.
In addition to taught seminars, you'll benefit from a wide-range of activities organised by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance to allow you to broaden your knowledge of and skills in environmental law and policy.
Assessment is based on your performance in coursework and/or written exam papers. Students seeking award of the Master’s Degree (LLM) will need to complete a dissertation. Some of the assessments will be based on real-life assignments that the teaching staff have engaged with in the context of their practical experience in international consultancies, with a view to developing your skills of immediate relevance to global employers.
This course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills necessary for pursuing a career with a strong international focus. You may go on to work as:
-Legal advisors and legislative drafters for national and local governments
-Legal advisors to local, national and international think tanks and non-profit organizations
-Legal and policy officers for international organizations (United Nations, European Commission)
-Legal and policy advisors to private companies
-Associates in international and transnational environmental law firms
-PhD researchers and university lecturers
Our course directors have a track record of successfully supporting students in obtaining highly competitive international internships and jobs with reputable research institutes, international organisations and non-government organisations. Supporting activities include:
-Review of applications
-Provision of targeted career advice
-Integration of new students in a vibrant, cross-programme alumni community, so as to foster networking activities
-Collaborations on matters pertaining to environmental law after the completion of the LLM