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Sustainable development



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Scheda corso
Disciplinary Classification Scienze per la cooperazione allo sviluppo ( 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
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, European Union Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Law, Comparative Civil Procedure, Philosophy of Law, Private Law, Comparative Law, Corporate Law, Trade Law, Investment Law, Competition Law, Labour Law, Transport Law, Tax Law, Agriculture Law, Financial Law, as well as courses in relevant economic and sociological disciplines, such as:
  • Sociology, Economic Geography, Economics and Economy Policy, Economic History.

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.

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

Degree syllabus

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I year (60 ects)


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 (60 ects)

(to be made available as of academic year 2018/2019)
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
- Economic ethics and corporate social responsibility
- EU law on business and human rights
- European criminal law and human rights
- Gender Justice
- International law on democracy and development
- International refugee protection and sustainable development
- International, European and comparative environmental law
- Law, culture and development in a global world
- Public and private partnership for sustainable development
- Public health law and sustainable development
- 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
- Women empowerment and sustainable development


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

Compulsory learning activities
Learning activities
- Competition law and sustainable development policy in EU policies
- Corporate interest, corporate social responsibility and financial
- European civil procedure in a comparative and transnational perspectives
- Financial law, Antitrust and sustainable development
- Financial markets and institutions. Finance for development
- Fundamental legal conceptions in a cross-cultural perspective
- International financial law and sustainable development
- International insolvency law and sustainable development
- International investment law, dispute settlement and sustainable development
- IP, innovation and sustainable development
- Management power and control mechanisms in corporate firm
- Negotiation, mediation and sustainable conflict resolution
- Principles of contract law
- Sustainable development in global trade (WTO) law
- Sustainable transport: legal issues
- Theory and practice of  international tax law
- Trade liberalization and labour rights

Elective activities

  • 9 ects from elective courses offered by the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan or from 3 optional legal clinics or workshops offered in the first and second year of the LL.M.
  • Internship (6 ects)
  • Final exam (21 ECTS)