LLM - Governance and Devolution




The past decade has seen massive structural changes to the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom. 

The LLM Governance and Devolution programme explores these structural changes, the most obvious being the creation of legislative and executive bodies in Scotland and Wales, together with a resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland.  

The programme explores the opportunities and tensions created by these innovations and will also explore the less public shifts in the relationships between the three branches of government.  Issues concerning accountability, democratic engagement and what constitutes ‘good governance’ are explored to give an understanding of the broader relationships between the ‘regions’ and tiers of government/governance at the state and EU levels. 

Distinctive features

The LLM Governance and Devolution programme is suitable for graduates from or with a legal practice qualification in any legal tradition or jurisdiction who have a special interest in constitutional legal theory and regional governance. 

The LLM Governance and Devolution programme:

  • provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of  law, both domestic and international;
  • stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivate independent and original thought;
  • enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law;
  • offers close contact with the devolved institutions in Wales: the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government;
  • allows you to benefit from the activities of the Wales Governance Centre.

The LLM Governance and Devolution programme is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs.




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