Master of Laws (LL.M.); Law (Non-Thesis); Environment (45 credits)

Offered by: Law     Degree: Master of Laws

Program Requirements

The Faculty of Law together with the School of Environment and other units at McGill offers a 45-credit, LL.M. program, non-thesis option, in Environment. The program complements previous legal education through specialized graduate-level coursework and in-depth research. It enhances expertise in selected areas of legal scholarship and offers an opportunity to write a supervised, substantial and publishable paper in an area of interest.

Candidates must remain in residence for three terms. The third term is devoted to the Research Project, usually taken in the summer of the first year, meaning that students usually complete their program witin one calendar year. If the research project is not completed in this time, students must register for additional sessions as needed. All degree requirements must be completed within a maximum of three years of the date of first registration.

Research Project - Required (17 credits)

The non-thesis option requires a substantial supervised research project during the third term of registration, a 15,000 word paper, assessed by the supervisor on a pass-fail basis, and typically completed in the summer.

  • CMPL 655 Research Project 1 (15 credits)

    Offered by: Comparative Law (Faculty of Law)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Comparative Law : A major research paper on a current topic.

    Terms: Fall 2009, Summer 2010

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: This course is only open to students registered in a non-thesis Master's program in the Faculty of Law.
  • CMPL 656 Research Project 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Comparative Law (Faculty of Law)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic.

    Terms: Fall 2009, Summer 2010

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: CMPL 655.
    • Restriction: This course is open only to students registered in a non-thesis Master's program in the Faculty of Law.

Required Courses (10 credits)

  • CMPL 610 Legal Research Methodology (4 credits)

    Offered by: Comparative Law (Faculty of Law)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Comparative Law : A programme of instruction in legal research methodology, including electronic legal research and the formulation of research plans.

    Terms: Fall 2009, Winter 2010

    Instructors: Shauna Van Praagh, Karen Crawley (Fall) Shauna Van Praagh, Karen Crawley (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate law students registered in a non-thesis Master's program or permission of instructor.
  • ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Analysis of current environmental policies to reveal implicit and explicit assumptions regarding scientific methods, hypothesis testing, subject/object, causality, certainty, deities, health, development, North-South concerns for resources, commons, national sovereignty, equity. Discussion of implications of such assumptions for building future environmental policies.

    Terms: Fall 2009, Summer 2010

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Robin Thomas Naylor, Mark Goldberg (Fall)

    • Restriction: Enrolment in the Graduate Environment Option or enrolment in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor.
  • ENVR 650 Environmental Seminar 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Interdisciplinary environmental research seminars with the goals of appreciating both the breadth and interconnectedness of environmental research questions.

    Terms: Fall 2009

    Instructors: Sylvie de Blois (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to students registered in Environment Option.
  • ENVR 651 Environmental Seminar 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Environmental seminars and workshops focused on critical thinking, critical review of articles, team work, effective public speaking, grantmanship.

    Terms: Winter 2010

    Instructors: Frederic Fabry, Gregory Matthew Mikkelson (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to students registered in the Environment Option.
  • ENVR 652 Environmental Seminar 3 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Final research seminar.

    Terms: Winter 2010

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 650.
    • Restriction: Open to students registered in Environment Option.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

Fifteen (15) credits chosen from:

  • CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Current legal topics relating to native peoples, including the concept of aboriginal title, and constitutional aspects of contemporary land claims. Aspects of Canadian law relating to native peoples, their constitutional status, and hunting and fishing rights.

    Terms: Winter 2010

    Instructors: Kirsten Anker (Winter)

  • CMPL 546 International Environmental Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Introduction to this continuously expanding and evolving branch of international law. It will focus on the particularities of the international legal system and their implications for environmental protection; economic and ethical dimensions of international environmental policy; selected environmental problems; and, discussion of new approaches to solving existing problems.

    Terms: Fall 2009

    Instructors: Jaye Dana Ellis (Fall)

  • CMPL 580 Environment and the Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Environmental law, with emphasis on ecological, economic, political, and international dimensions.

    Terms: Fall 2009

    Instructors: Richard Janda (Fall)

and/or other Faculty of Law offerings.

Three (3) credits chosen from:

  • ENVR 519 Global Environmental Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : How the problem of environmental degradation is dealt with at the international level. The scope and nature of global environmental protection issues that cross boundaries, both physical and conceptual. Actors, structures and processes of international society. Consideration of global commons and transnational resources and of environmental externalities.

    Terms: Fall 2009

    Instructors: Jaye Dana Ellis (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 201 or ENVR 203 or permission of instructor
    • Restrictions: Open to students in the Environment Graduate Option (available to other students with permission of instructor). (Not open to students who have taken ENVR 580 -- section 001 -- in Winter 2002, Fall 2003, or Fall 2004
    • Note: This course has been offered three times as a Topics in Environment Course
  • ENVR 544 Environmental Measurement and Modelling (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Utility of geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatially-explicit modelling for environmental planning in conjunction with analytical frameworks used in the decision-making process (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle analysis and multi-criteria decision making).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: NRSC 430 or GEOG201 or URBP 505 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Students registered in Environment Graduate Option (or permission of instructor)
  • ENVR 580 Topics in Environment 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Advanced-level seminars and discussion of interdisciplinary aspects of current problems in environment led by staff and/or special guests. This course is offered on an irregular basis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • ENVR 611 The Economy of Nature (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : The course focuses on the interface between the ecosystem, biodiversity and economic systems through discussion of (1) conceptual, methodological and theoretical foundations of ecological economics, (2) management incorporating changing conditions, conflicting interests and values, trade-offs and uncertainty, (3) policy applications at national and international levels and (4) case studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: For MSE graduates, ECON 230 or equivalent. For non-MSE graduates, ECON 230 or equivalent or BIOL 208 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Enrolment in the Graduate Environment Option or enrolment in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor.
  • ENVR 620 Environment and Health of Species (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : How major environmental problems affect the health of human and non-human species, and how environment and health interact at different spatial and temporal scales and with different components of the ecosystem. Immediate, chronic and evolutionary consequences on health. Uncertainty and causation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Environment Option (available to other students with permission of instructor).
  • ENVR 622 Sustainable Landscapes (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Tools and knowledge needed to evaluate landscapes for sustainable management. Processes that shape landscapes, consequences of alternate landscape patterns on ecological flows, implications of management choices on biodiversity and sustainability, and need for social innovations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: Students registered in Environment Option, or permission of instructor.
    • Note: An understanding of ecological principles is required to take this course. Comparative case studies will be used.
  • ENVR 630 Civilization and Environment 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Civilization and its relation to life and the world, the nature of civilization and the responsibilities of citizenship. Landscape design, economic development, science and citizen experts, governance and environment, beauty.

    Terms: Winter 2010

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Robin Thomas Naylor, Mark Goldberg (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENVR 680 in Fall 2004 or Fall 2005.
    • Note: This course is given jointly between McGill University, UQAM and Université de Montréal. Some lectures and readings will be in French. Therefore, students should be able to read and preferably understand spoken French.
  • ENVR 680 Topics in Environment 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Seminars and discussion of advanced, interdisciplinary aspects of current problems in environment led by staff and/or special guests.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: students taking the Neotropical Environment Option.
    • Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

or another course at the 500-level or higher recommended by the advisory committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee.

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