Law and Sustainable Development
The programme provides students with an advanced understanding of contemporary legal and socio-economic dynamics, characterised by interdependence, increasing complexity, rapid evolution, and integration between different fields of knowledge, as well as by a pluralist legal landscape, in which the traditional boundaries between levels (international, supranational, and domestic) and sources (public/private) of regulation are blurring.
In this context, students will develop an advanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of sustainability processes and the ethical implications of the choices made in this field by policy-makers and regulators, as well as by economic and social actors. They will also acquire an in-depth knowledge of the international and European legal framework applicable to the design and implementation of sustainability policies by international and supranational organisations, national and local public authorities, corporations (both in the domestic and transnational dimension), and organisations of the civil society (including NGOs).
Candidates applying for the LL.M. in Law and Sustainable Development must hold a first cycle (three years/bachelor = 180 ECTS) degree, be proficient in English (level C1), and have adequate personal knowledge and background.
In particular, candidates must hold either:
- A first cycle degree obtained in Italy or abroad, in Law, Economics, Political Science, or International Relations. In accordance with national classification, italian first cycle degree must belong to one of the following classes of degrees: L-14 (Scienze dei servizi giuridici), L-33 (Scienze economiche), L-36 (Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali), L-37 (Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace), L-16 (Scienze dell'amministrazione e dell'organizzazione), L-18 (Scienze dell'economia e della gestione aziendale), or
- A first cycle degree (three years/bachelor = 180 ECTS), obtained in Italy or abroad, in other disciplines, provided that the candidate has obtained at least 18 ECTS in Law and 12 ECTS in Economics. In accordance with national classification, for student holding an Italian first cycle degree, the above-mentioned ECTS must have been obtained in one or more of the following scientific sectors (s.s.d.):
- for LAW: IUS/01 diritto privato, IUS/02 diritto privato comparato, IUS/04 diritto commerciale, IUS/05 diritto dell'economia, IUS/07 diritto del lavoro, IUS/08 diritto costituzionale, IUS/09 istituzioni di diritto pubblico, IUS/10 diritto amministrativo, IUS/10 diritto tributario, IUS/13 diritto internazionale, IUS/14 diritto dell'unione europea, IUS/17 diritto penale, IUS/20 filosofia del diritto, IUS/21 diritto pubblico comparato;
- for ECONOMICS: SECS-P/01 economia politica, SECS-P/02 politica economica, SECS-P/03 scienza delle finanze, SECS-P/04 storia del pensiero economico, SECS-P/07 economia aziendale, SECS-P/08 economia e gestione delle imprese, SECS-P/10 organizzazione aziendale, SECS-P/12 storia economica, SECS-S/04 demografia.
Assessment of the required qualifications and competencies
The Didactic Board (Collegio didattico) evaluates language and personal competencies of the candidates holding a suitable first-cycle degree. Candidates holding a postgraduate degree in other fields may also be considered for admission.
Applicants whose native language is not English or do not hold a Degree issued upon the completion of an academic programme fully taught in English must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing one of the following international certifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking components.
- TOEFL: minimum overall score of 94, with a minimum of 23 in each of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking components.
The knowledge and personal skills of the candidate who satisfies the conditions set out above are assessed by the Didactic Board, based on the academic background and CV of the candidate.
The Didactic Board may admit candidates on condition that they bridge their gaps by carrying out preliminary and compulsory readings indicated by the teachers holding compulsory courses of the first year and attending the introductory courses.
The LLM is committed to support the students' choice as to possible destinations and to create further opportunities in the near future.
The LL.M. also offers two possibilities of double degrees*
- QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY: Following the successful completion of the first year of study in the LLM in Law and Sustainable Development, students may be granted admission to one of the Master's degree courses offered by Queen Mary University, at a discounted fee. Admitted students will spend the whole second year in London. Upon successful completion of the two Master's programmes, students will be awarded both the UNIMI Master's Programme and the Queen Mary University law degree.
- UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAÍS VASCO: after attending the first year of the LL.M. in Law and Sustainable Development, students may be granted admission to the one-year International Master in Sociology of Law of Universidad Del País Vasco and be awarded the Double Degree.
*the process of renewal of the relevant agreements is still ongoing.
Attendance of at least 70% of classes is compulsory for all taught courses. Motivated exceptions and waivers may be requested to the Didactic Board in exceptional circumstances.
The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:
- The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
- The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year)
- An additional fee is due for online programmes
The University also offers:
- Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
- Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
- Concessions for international students with refugee status
Scholarships and benefits
The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).
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