Three reasons to study Energy and Environmental Law

If you are keen to pursue a career that will enable you to affect real environmental change, earning a law qualification may help you to achieve this.

The legal system exists to establish standards and protect rights, including that of the natural world. The ability to specialise in this area of green law can give you the power to facilitate impactful reform where it matters most.

For those eager to play a positive role in tackling earth’s most pressing issues, here are three reasons to study an LLM in Energy and Environmental Law:

1. “The greatest challenge that humanity will ever face”

In June 2019, Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour CBE, raised over $21million USD by auctioning over 120 guitars at Christie’s, New York¹. He donated the proceeds to environmental law charity, ClientEarth, stating:

“The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change¹.”

Studying Energy and Environmental Law means that you can gain the knowledge and tools required to make a difference in effectively tackling such a humanitarian challenge.

2. Energy generation and the environment are intrinsically linked

It’s not possible to explore the threats to the natural world without including energy production, consumption and management.

The burning of non-renewable fossil fuels - such as coal, oil and natural gas - supply approximately 80 percent of the world’s energy² and carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal alone account for 44 percent of the global total. This constitutes the biggest single source of global temperature increase above pre-industrial levels².

Having knowledge on both energy management and environmental protection is particularly advantageous in helping governments and corporations move away from fossil fuels and support a transition to cleaner, sustainable energy sources – protecting the planet and the people who live on it

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3.The law is crucial to protecting the natural world

An LLM in Energy and Environmental Law can act as a vehicle for change. The power of the law is a unique tool which can make a fundamental difference. It is a language which most governmets and businesses understand.

For example, the European Union (EU) formulates and upholds environmental laws by which all of its member states must abide, such as the Cleaner Air for Europe Act 2008. This directive outlines the legal thresholds, limit values and target values for air pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, lead, benzene and carbon monoxide⁶.

Studying law won’t necessarily help you to focus on the symptoms, but it will help to change the system – by making sure that laws are effective in maintaining sustainable energy consumption without having a detrimental impact on the environment.

The new Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law has been designed to arm you with the legal knowledge you need to progress in either area, with a transnational approach and without any interruption to your current career. Find out more about this 100% online programme by downloading a brochure today.

¹MAY, M. (2019) David Gilmour Guitar Auction Raises $21m for Climate Change [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 29.08.2019]

²NUNEZ, C. (2019) Fossil Fuels, Explained [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 29.08.2019]

³UNKNOWN. (2015) Cleaner Air for Europe [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 29.08.2019]

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