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Sustainable development



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Scheda corso
Disciplinary Classification Social sciences for cooperation and development (LM-81)
Applications and admissions free, subject to entry requirements
Duration 2 years (120 ects)
Curricula - Human rights and social development
- Development economics, trade, finance, investment, competition
Attendance compulsory (at least 70% of classes’ attendance)
For information e-mail: llm@unimi.it
Programme coordinator Prof.ssa Angelica Bonfanti
Location via Festa del Perdono, 7 - Milano[apre una nuova finestra]
Website http://www.llmsd.unimi.it/[apre una nuova finestra]

Admission requirements

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  • Applicants with an Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes: 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 foreign Degree (180-300-360 ECTS) in Law, Economics, Political Science, International Relations.

Candidates holding Italian and foreign Degrees in other fields 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 before the beginning of the Programme. Students part-time are admitted on a case-by-case evaluation.

Language requirements:

Applicants whose native language is not English or who do not hold a Degree fully taught in English, must demonstrate English language proficiency by passing one of the following: IELTS: we require a IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the reading, writing, listening and speaking components. TOEFL: If the IELTS is not available, students may take the TOEFL test. We require a minimum overall score of 100, with a minimum of 25 in each of the reading, writing, listening and speaking components.


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The LL.M. in Sustainable Development aims at improving the legal skills necessary to better grasp the three interconnected dimensions (economic, social and environmental) of sustainable development. It offers students an in-depth interdisciplinary academic training to specialise in key issues agreed upon by the International Community within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Transforming Our World” and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). . The two year LL.M. Programme allows students to obtain advanced interdisciplinary training and knowledge of local, international and transnational trends and strategies for sustainable development.

The Programme’s unusually rich course offering includes advanced courses in different areas, such as:

  • International Law and International Law on SD, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Economic Ethics and Social Corporate Responsibility, International and European Criminal Law, Trade Law, Transport Law, Agriculture Law, Financial Law, Corporate Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility as well as in Sociology, Economic Geography, Economics, Economic History; IP, Innovation and Sustainable Development; Sustainable Investment; EU Law on Business and Human Rights; Public- Private Partnership for Sustainable Development; Green Economy; Health Protection; Climate Change, Energy Policies and the Green economy in an International and Comparative Law Perspective as well as courses in relevant economic and sociological disciplines, such as:
  • Sociology, Economic Geography, Economics and Economy Policy, Economic History.

Methodology: frontal lecturing; solution-oriented educational methods (e.g. simulations, case studies, research papers); internships.

Career prospects

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The Master Programme in Sustainable Development aims at training legal experts, with a comprehensive background in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Our graduates acquire the necessary skills to elaborate, support and assess sustainable legal and economic policies and strategies both in the Public and Private Sectors. With regard to the Public Sector, the Programme aims at training legal experts able to integrate social, economic and environmental concerns in the central and local Public Administration’s policies in key areas such as: telecommunication, new technologies, water, sanitation, health, electric power and gas, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, green public procurement. As regards the Private Sector, the LL.M. Programme aims at training ethically oriented corporate legal experts and economic operators, 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.

More specifically, the LL.M. Programme aims at training the following professionals:

  • Environmental and sustainability managers
  • Experts in: management and audit of Public Administration, management and audit of private companies, human resources, work organization, financial activities, market analysis, company law, state company law, economic systems.

Experience of study abroad as part of the training program

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During the Degree course, in order to improve their abilities and knowledge in an international context students can participate to study and internship experiences abroad within the Erasmus + Program and the other international mobility agreements entered into by the University.

Dual degree with Queen Mary London: following the successful completion of 1 year of study in the LLM in Sustainable Development, UNIMI students may be granted admission to one of the Master’s degree courses offered by Queen Mary University. Admitted students will spend the whole second year in London. Upon successful completion of the two Master's programmes, the Student will be awarded with both the UNIMI Master’s Programme degree and the Queen Mary University of London Law degree.

For more information http://www.unimi.it/studenti/erasmus/70801.htm

Degree syllabus

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I year


Compulsory learning activities
Compulsory learning activities ECTS
Constitutionalism and Sustainable Development 9
Economic geography 9
Economics and Economic policy 9
International law and international law on sustainable development 9
Sociology 9
The Role of Public administration in enhancing equitable and Sustainable development 9
World economic history from growth to Sustainable development 6

II year

24 ects to be earned by choosing four courses among the following:

Curriculum: Human rights and social development

Compulsory learning activities
Learning activities
- Access to justice in a multilevel constitutional system
- Agriculture and sustainable development
- Climate changes, energy policies and the green economy in an international and
comparative law perspective
- Current European Union policies on sustainable development
- Gender Justice
- Global health law
- International, European and comparative environmental law
- International Law on democracy and development
- International organizations and sustainable development
- International refugee protection and sustainable development
- Law, culture and development in a global world
- Law and philosophy in a cross-cultural perspective
- Smart cities, IT infrastructures evolution, digital urban divide and internet legal
framework in developing countries
- Sociology of human rights and the ombudsman
- Sustainable development and international anti-corruption law
- Sustainable transport: legal issues
- Women empowerment and sustainable development


Curriculum: Development economics, trade, finance, investment, competition

Compulsory learning activities
Learning activities
- Corporate governance and social responsibility
- M&A: the contract
- Public health and sustainable development: an interdisciplinary legal overview of
the intersections between IPRs,
investments and human right law
- Transnational commercial litigation
- Competition law and sustainable development policy in EU policies
- Financial markets and institutions. Finance for development
- Economic ethics and corporate social responsibility
- EU Law on business and human rights
- Financial law, Antitrust and sustainable development
- International insolvency law and sustainable development
- IP, innovation and sustainable development
- Negotiation, mediation and sustainable conflict resolution
- Sustainable development in global trade (WTO) law
- Trade liberalization and labour rights
- International financial law and sustainable development
- International investment law and sustainable development
- Comparative contract law


A total remaining of 36 ECTS must be completed through other formative activities:

  • 9 ECTS from the courses (6 or 9 ECTS) offered by the Faculty of Law of University of Milan and/or the optional legal clinics or workshops (3 ETCS) offered in the first and second year of the LL.M.
  • an internship (6 ECTS)
  • the final dissertation (21 ECTS).