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Sustainable Development  

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field International Development and Cooperation
Application and Admission Open, subject to entry requirements. How to apply
Course Duration 2 years
Course Attendance Full-time study
Course Location Via Festa del Perdono 7
Course Language English
Head of Studies Angelica Bonfanti
More information Website and study plan
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Course Objectives and Structure


The LL.M. in Sustainable Development at the University of Milan is the first European Graduate Program, taught entirely in English, aiming at improving the legal skills necessary to better grasp the three interconnected dimensions (economic, social and environmental) of Sustainable Development.The Program’s unusually rich advanced course offerings in different areas will allow students to obtain in-depth interdisciplinary academic training to specialise in the key issues agreed upon by the International Community during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNSD or  “Rio post-2015 agenda”).

The LL.M. Program in Sustainable Development offers an integrative curriculum to improve the necessary synergies to develop actions aimed at achieving long-term improvement of the quality of life through the creation of sustainable legal strategies. Students gain interdisciplinary training and knowledge of both local, international and transnational trends and strategies for sustainable development.

The LL.M. in Sustainable Development is a two-year taught program, which builds upon the a Bachelor’s degree in legal, economic or social sciences. Students are required to complete, by the end of their first year, seven advanced core courses (for a total of 60 ECTS). The core required courses are: International Law; Constitutionalism and Sustainable Development; Economics, Economic Policy and Industrial Economics; Geo-economics of Sustainable Development; Sociology; The Role of Public Administration in Enhancing Equitable and Sustainable Development; World Economic History from Growth to Sustainable Development.

In their second year of the LL.M. Program, students choose to specialize in one of two streams:

  • Human Rights and Social Development
  • Development Economics, Trade, Finance, Investment, Competition

Students must choose 5 electives from either of the stream’s course offerings.

Entry Requirements

Candidates applying for the LL.M. in Sustainable Development must hold:

  • either an Italian first degree (Bachelor degree) pertaining to classes: L-14 (Scienze dei servizi giuridici), L-33 (Scienze economiche), L-36 (Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali), L-37 (Scienzesociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace)
  • or a foreign degree (180-300-360 ECTS) in Law, Economics, Political Science, International Relations.

Candidates holding Italian and foreign Degrees in other fields or lacking basic knowledge either in law or economics will be admitted on a case-by-case evaluation of their curriculum vitae et studiorum and motivation letter. If admitted, they will be mandatorily required to do the suggested preliminary readings, in order to integrate their basic knowledge in subjects taught in the first year of the LL.M.  before the beginning of the Programme.

All LL.M. applicants who are not from a country where English is the official language, or who do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a university in a country where English is the official language, must take an IELTS test (minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum of 6.5 in each individual component of the test). The TOEFL minimum overall minimum score is 100 with a minimum of 25 in each individual component.

Career Prospects

The LL.M. in Sustainable Development aims at training a new type of legal experts. Our graduates will have a comprehensive background in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. They will have the necessary skills to elaborate, support and assess sustainable legal and economic policies and strategies both in the Public and Private Sectors.

With regards to the Public Sector, the program aims at training legal experts who are able to integrate social, economic and environmental concerns in the central and local Public Administration’s policies in key areas such as: telecommunications, new technologies, water, sanitation, health, electric power and gas, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, green public procurement, public tender offer.

With regards to the Private Sector, the program aims at training corporate legal experts and economic operators who are ethically oriented and able to play a key role in monitoring, tracking, aligning and integrating social and environmental impacts in the business sector, in order to help companies to meet their corporate responsibility and sustainability goals (.
Specifically, the program aims at training the following professionals:

  • environmental and sustainability managers
  • experts in: managing Public Administration, control of Public Administration, managing and controlling private companies, human resources, work organization, financial activities, market analysis, company law, state company law, economic systems.

Our LL.M. program is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree: according the Bologna Process (3 + 2), the S. D. offered by the University of Milan will enable our graduates to work anywhere in the European Union.

Study Plan


International Law/ International Law on Sustainable Development
Geo-Economics of Sustainable Development
Constitutionalism and Sustainable Development 
Economics, Economic Policy and Industrial Economics
World Economic History From Growth to Sustainable Development
The Role of Public Administration in Enhancing Equitable and Sustainable Development


Stream A
- Human Right and Social Development (each course will be offered if enough students are enrolled):

Current European Union Policies on Sustainable Development
International Law on Democracy and Development
Access to Justice Protecting Human Rights
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
IT Infrastructures Evolution, Digital Divide and Internet Legal Framework in Developing Countries
International, European and Comparative Environmental Law
Climate Changes and Energy Policies in an International and Comparative Law Perspective
Green Economy and Sustainable Development
International Refugee and Human Rights Law
EU Current Policies on Migration and Development
Business and Human Rights
Corporate Sustainability
Transnational Criminal Justice and Sustainable Development
European Criminal Law, Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Gender Justice and Development
Public Health Law and Sustainable Development
International Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights
Human Rights from Modernization to Sustainable Development
Law,  Culture and Development in a Global World
Law and Society
Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Development

Stream B - Development Economics, Trade, Finance, Investment, Competition (each course will be offered if enough students are enrolled):

International Trade and Economic Development
Applied Economics (Industrial Economics; Labour Economics; Banking; Project Financing)
Public Policy and Taxation
Theory and Practice of International Tax Law
Finance for Development
Sustainable Development in Global Trade (WTO) Law
Trade Liberalization and Labour Rights
International Investment Law, Dispute Settlement and Sustainable Development
Sustainable Transport: Legal Issues (Market Regulation, Consumers’ Rights, Environmental Concerns)
Corporate Interest, Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Reporting
Management Power and Control Mechanisms in Corporate Firm
Financial Law, Antitrust and Sustainable Development
Competition Law and Sustainable Development Policy in the EU
Principles of Property Law
Principles of Law of Contracts
Fundamental Legal Conceptions in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
International Business Law and Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Transnational Litigation, European and Comparative Civil Procedure
European E-Commerce Contract Law
Italian Environmental Law