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|Application deadline:||June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2014|
|Credits:|| 60 ECTS |
|Duration full-time:||12 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Educational variant:||Part-time, Full-time|
The Master of Laws in Energy and Environmental Law offers students a comprehensive programme in energy and environmental law, including elements of public international law, European Community law and national law. The topics covered range from sector-specific environmental law and energy law to the impact of the EC and international economic business law on the environmental and energy sector.
Students also receive a thorough introduction to climate change law. Since 2002, the programme has welcomed students from all over the world, including Russia, Tanzania, Jamaica, Ecuador, Algeria, Nigeria, Colombia, the United States, Canada, Turkey, the People's Republic of China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, Albania, as well as students from almost every EU member state.
The Master of Laws in Energy and Environmental Law is an advanced Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.
Graduates go on to work in European institutions, law firms, consultancies, academic institutions, and companies, as well as for governments around the world. About a third of students enrolled in the programme are mid-career professionals.
* EUR5.600 for those professionally active for less than three years;
* EUR8.600 for those professionally active for more than three years;
The programme aims to deliver experts in the fields of energy and environmental law, as well as keeping existing experts in the sector up to date. Energy law and environmental law are booming areas of legal practice, of academic research, as well as of societal importance.
In these areas, the programme aims to deliver three key anchor points of legal resources: knowledge and know-how, skill (both verbally and written), and the professional approach and intuition required in the sector. So as to reach these goals, students are offered a thorough examination of energy and environmental law, comprising both public international law, European Community law, and national law elements.
The issues covered range from sector-specific environmental law and energy law, through to the impact of EC and international economic business law on the environmental and energy sector.
Students are expected to develop the aforementioned key anchor points of legal resources in each of the three areas covered: International energy and environmental law; European energy and environmental law; Comparative energy and environmental law.
For full time students wishing to obtain an LLM degree, the programme requires a relevant law degree, that is, a degree that enables the holder to practice law in his/her home state. For a considerable number of students (including Belgian students), this entails holding a Master's degree. However, for other students (including UK students), this is an LL.B. degree. The course convenors refer specifically to the provision foreseen in the relevant Flemish legislation, which provides for the host university to regard foreign qualifications as equivalent to the Belgian degree.
Students are expected to have a proficient level of written and spoken English, as well as a proven academic track record, research skills, and, finally, an interest in the areas of energy law and environmental law.
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The Master has been devised as a specialised, intense programme. The programme has all the hallmarks of an Advanced Master, or 'Master after Master', inclusive of the emphasis on research carried out by the students themselves. The core approach of the programme has a number of consequences:
- the student number is consciously kept modest, so as to ensure the quality of the group. This is important, e.g. vis-à-vis the necessary coaching of research activities;
- the selection is carried out with a view to ensuring the best mixture between active professionals, on the one hand, and 'novices' to the sector, on the other.
Quality of the selected students.
From among the applicants, those students will be chosen who correspond to the required profile, including a proficient level of written and spoken English, as well as a proven academic track record, research skills, and finally, an interest in the areas of energy law and environmental law. The current ratio between rejected/approved students shows that this stringent selection is well underway. These high expectations are important for, as well as demonstrated by, a number of considerations:
- the good name of the Institute and of the University;
- the exquisite quality of the visiting faculty. The bulk of the programme is taught by visiting faculty, over 20 professionals with a background in academia, private practice, international organisations, and national governments. The faculty (more details on the website) is taken inter alia from the Universities at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, London, Leeds, Southampton, Leiden, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Tilburg, Ghent, Bruges (College of Europe), and Trier, as well as from the European Commission, the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat, and the Bars of Brussels and London. Obviously, the programme convenors can only interest such faculty on a sustainable basis, if the quality of the students is high;
- the European Commission has granted the programme a one-off sponsorship of EUR 19.000, after having made the programme subject to stringent quality requirements.
- the Fullbright Commission reportedly requires US students with an interest in the field, to take the degree at our Institute, if they want to qualify for a scholarship, thus recognising the fame of the programme and of the Institute.
Previous degree required
Students have to have either an initial LL.M. degree or equivalent (e.g. a UK LL.B. degree). Admissability to the programme is assessed on the basis of an examination of the full file by the Selection Board.
Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:
- Master in de rechten
- Master of Law
- Any equivalent degree in Law
Formal condition for entry is a Law degree which gives access to legal practice in the student's respective jurisdiction. For most students this means an LLM degree, for others (e.g. the UK) an LLB degree. Students have to prove proficient knowledge of English via the usual formats (TOEFL / IELTS.: TOEFL (Computer-based test 250 pt., Internet-based test 100 pt., Paper-based test 600 pt.) or IELTS (7 - 7.5 pt.)). The Selection Board will select those students with a solid academic background, who can additionally show (through a motivation letter) strong personal and intellectual interests in energy, and environmental issues. Minimum two strongly supportive references are also paramount. The Master programme traditionally attracts a mixture of recently graduated students and professionals, and admission policy reflects this.
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||600|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||250|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||100|
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