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Master of Laws (60 credits) in Environmental Law

A Master of Laws (LLM) is a postgraduate degree designed to enhance your academic legal knowledge, particularly focusing on specific areas of interest. This newly established programme at Stockholm University focuses specifically on developing an in-depth knowledge of Environmental Law.

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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law is an advanced level programme. During the programme, students will acquire in-depth knowledge of material environmental law, as well as be provided the necessary theoretical and methodological foundations to be able to work independently with research, development or other qualified work in the area of environmental law.

The programme is based on a progression in both scientific and methodological specialisation throughout the courses, at the same as some course elements will provide practical skills in environmental law.

The programme includes several instances of group work.  

  • Programme overview

    The programme consists of four courses. All courses are mandatory.

    The first course, "Transboundary Environmental Law" (15 credits), lays the foundation for the programme and ensures that all students have achieved a certain level of knowledge and skills prior to the advanced courses. The course addresses environmental issues in a transboundary context, through international environmental law in particular, but also through EU environmental law, as well as other legal structures and situations (e.g. extraterritorial law enforcement).

    The second course, "Cross-cutting Issues in Environmental Law" (15 credits), is an advanced course that focuses on four themes where environmental law in a transboundary context is integrated with or challenged by other legal perspectives and issues. The course thus prepares students for the master thesis, which must relate to one of these areas of specialisation.

    The third course, "Methods, Theory and Practice in Environmental Law" (15 credits), is given at half-time during the second semester in parallel with the students writing their master thesis. The course consists of seminars on methodology and theory, which are largely beneficial to the students' master thesis. In addition, the course includes a mock negotiation, in which students are divided into groups and are to negotiate a multilateral, intergovernmental environmental agreement. The mock negotiation gives students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired during previous courses.

    The fourth course is the Master Thesis in Environmental Law (15 credits). The master thesis will address environmental law issues in a transboundary context or from a perspective within the framework of one of the four specialised themes included in the course "Cross-cutting Issues in Environmental Law". The thesis shall be written in English.

    Year 1

    The programme consists of the following courses:

    First Semester

    Second Semester


  • How to apply

  • Meet us

    Prof. Jonas Ebbesson is the programme director for our LL.M. in Environmental Law. He is also the Director of Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, here at Stockholm University and former Dean of the Faculty of Law. He originally created our LL.M. in Environmental Law and directed it between 2011 and 2014, and is now pleased to be able to offer it again starting in the autumn 2021.

    Meet Prof. Ebbesson!

    Read the interview

  • Contact


    International LL.M. Studies