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Department of Law launches new Master’s in Environmental Law

The introduction of the degree is timely in an era of accelerating environmental crises, when individuals and societies are increasingly turning to the law for solutions.

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Birkbeck’s Department of Law has launched a new LLM in Environmental Law, Policy and Governance, which will begin in October 2021.

Applications are open now for the innovative research-led degree, which will explore key contemporary themes around climate change; biodiversity loss; pressures on natural resources and the impact of business and trade; as well as a diverse range of legal, policy and governance responses to environmental issues.

Programme Director and Lecturer in Law, Dr Olivia Hamlyn said, “We're delighted to be introducing this new programme in the Department of Law. The programme brings together a wide range of expertise from across the department and will benefit those looking to build a career in environmental law or policy, or simply develop a greater understanding of environmental problems and how we address them.”

The programme has been developed following in-depth research with experts in environmental law, including legal practitioners in private practice, the public sector and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as those working in policy. It will offer students the theoretical and practical knowledge of the ways in which policy, the law and governance structures respond to environmental problems.

The degree is ideal for both law and non-law graduates, including those already in employment as legal practitioners, and can be undertaken in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The course adds to several long-established postgraduate courses on offer in the Department of Law, including: Human Rights; International Economic Law, Justice and Development; and Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory. Two more courses, Law and New Technologies and Law and Political Economy were launched in 2020.

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