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LL.M. in Sustainable Development

Faculty of Law, University of Milan, Via Festa del Perdono 7, I20122 Milan, Italy

+39 02 50 312 023

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Length of course
2 years

Date of commencement

Cost / fees
Tuition fees are limited to a moderate amount between 770 and 3665 euros, per year, depending on personal income

Student grants / Financial assistance
The University of Milan and other donors award each year several scholarships and tax reductions

The University of Milan assists students in finding an accommodation. About 1000 beds, in halls of residence and apartments situated close to the university buildings are available for students.

Exchange partner schools
Students are allowed to spend exchange periods abroad during the third semester.

Career opportunities
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.

Admission requirements

Candidates applying for the LL.M. in Sustainable Development must hold:

    - either an Italian first degree (Bachelor) pertaining to 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)

    - 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. 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.

Part-time students are admitted on a case-by-case evaluation.

Scientific Director
Nerina Boschiero
Dean of the Faculty of Law & Professor of International Law

Head of study
Angelica Bonfanti
Professor of International Law

University of Milan

LL.M. in Sustainable Development at the University of Milan

The LL.M. in Sustainable Development at the University of Milan is the first European Graduate Programme that 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).

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.

The LL.M. Programme offers an integrative curriculum to improve the synergies necessary to develop actions aimed at achieving a long-term improvement of the quality of life through the creation of sustainable legal strategies. 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 course offerings in relevant economic and sociological disciplines, such as:
  • Sociology, Economic Geography, Economics and Economy Policy, Economic History.

The LL.M. Programme is a two-year Programme (120 ECTS).

In the first year students mandatorily attend seven core courses (60 ECTS): International Law and International law on Sustainable Development, Economic Geography, Constitutionalism and Sustainable Development, Sociology, Economics and Economic Policy, World Economic History From Growth to Sustainable Development, 1The Role of Public Administration in Enhancing Equitable and Sustainable Development. These courses ensure that all enrolled students acquire a solid “common basis” to understand the complexity and the interdependencies of sustainable development.

In the second year (60 ECTS), each student chooses to specialize in one of the following two streams:
  • “Human Rights and Social Development”
  • “Development Economics, Trade, Finance, Investment, Competition”
Students of both streams are required to attend 4 electives chosen from either of the streams’ rich course offerings.

A total remaining of 36 ECTS must be completed through other formative activities: one optional course (9 ECTS) chosen from the courses offered by the Faculty of Law of University of Milan, or 3 optional legal clinics or workshops offered in the first and second year of the LL.M. + an internship + a final dissertation.


The Programme uses a wide range of solution-oriented educational methods tailored to the learners. In addition to traditional frontal lecturing, there are: discussions, simulations, surveys, analysis, case studies, writing research papers, directed studies, workplace experience and problem solving.


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

Queen Mary University: Double degree Programme

Following the successful completion of the first year of study in the LLM Programme in Sustainable Development, students may be granted admission to one of the Master’s degree courses offered by the Queen Mary University.

Admitted students will spend the whole second year in London.

Upon successful completion of the two Master’s programme, students will be awarded both the UNIMI Master’s Programme and the Queen Mary University law degree.


Internships and trainings are integral part of the LL.M. Programme. Subject to their practical feasibility and consistency with the study programme, the LL.M offers preferential access to internships and trainings at local administrations, non-profit and civil society associations (NGOs and charities), international organizations operating in the field of development cooperation, law firms, trade unions, private sector companies, professional associations, foundations, banks, cooperatives and social economy companies. Internships help students to prepare projects and case studies that can be the starting point for their final thesis.



Italian and foreign students are strongly recommended to submit their pre-application from 1st March at (please follow instructions at: as early as possible.

Non-EU citizens resident abroad, who do not have an Italian residence permit, must submit a pre-application request to the Italian diplomatic representation in their country of residence. The competent Italian Embassy/Consulate is the authority responsible for accepting their pre-applications and checking if they meet the requirements for the Study Visa (generally from April to July).

Applications must be submitted online. Please follow the instructions at (“Applying for a Master Programme without admission test”). For any detail on the application process, please consult:

About The University of Milan

The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university, which - with 8 faculties and 2 schools and a teaching staff of 2000 professors - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields.

A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in the region, with approximately 64,000 students; it is also an important resource for the socio-economic context of which it is a part.

Milan is, in fact, the capital of Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and international regions in the European Union, a leader in the national economy that stands at the Italian forefront of research and development investments and commitment to technological innovation.

The University of Milan also possesses a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, archives, botanical gardens and the old Brera Observatory commissioned by Maria Teresa of Austria.

The University’s departments are housed in important historic edifices in the centre of Milan and in modern buildings in the area known as Cittą Studi (the City of Studies).

Among the palazzos that house the University’s facilities are the old Ca' Granda – a monumental complex from the 15th-century in the heart of the historical city centre - the 18th-century Palazzo Greppi designed by Giuseppe Piermarini – who built the Scala Theatre in Milan – and the 17th-century Sant’Alessandro College commissioned by the Arcimboldi family.