About the University
South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established by the eight-member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
SAU started its operations from the academic year 2010. The university now offers post-graduate and doctoral programmes in various disciplines that include Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Law. SAU attracts students from all member nations and its degrees are recognised by all the eight SAARC countries.
Master of Laws (LLM) at SAU
The Master of Laws (LLM) programme which is of two years (4 semesters) duration is geared towards research and focuses on South Asian legal systems and their response to emerging issues in international law. Combining mainstay areas in international law and the emerging streams in this knowledge domain, it offers courses in Legal Theory and Jurisprudence, General Principles of International Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, Law on Transnational Contracts and Arbitration, International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Law of International Organizations, International Human Rights Law, Law of the Sea, Private International Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Settlement of Disputes, International Maritime Law, and International Environmental Law, among others. Some innovative courses such as Comparative Constitutional Law of South Asian countries is also offered. The Research The programme includes pedagogy related to contemporary concerns in international law with a commitment to capacity building within the South Asian region by exploring a South Asian perspective on the emerging issues in international law – human rights issues, concerns within economic law and transnational commerce, to name a few.
Scholarship and Financial Support
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12 years of schooling + a 5 year integrated BA/BBA/BSc/LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 2 or 3 year Bachelor’s degree + a 3 year LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 4 year LLB degree) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent to grade.
Format of the Entrance Test
The duration of the Entrance Test will be 2 hours and the question paper will consist of 100 multiple choice questions in two parts.
Part A will have 20 multiple choice questions of one mark each on general knowledge, political science, geography, general science and civics of the 10+2 level.
Part B will have 80 multiple choice questions of the LLB level carrying one mark each and will generally include the following areas:
Jurisprudence: Analytical School of Law; Pure Theory of Law; Sociological Jurisprudence; Legal Personality and Legal Rights; Ownership; Possession and Rule of Law.
Public International Law: Sources of International Law, Relation of International Law and Municipal Law, Principles of International Law; the Law of International Organizations; International Trade Law; International Humanitarian Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Environment Law; International Human Rights Law.
Negative Marks for Wrong Answers
If the answer given to any of the Multiple Choice Questions is wrong, ¼ of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.
Required Readings for Preparation.
PART A: General Knowledge
For general knowledge students can refer to any standard annual current affairs magazine, e.g. Pratiyogita Darpan or Drishti Current Affairs Today Varshiki etc. Questions are asked from the contemporary issues of international law and international relations. I will suggest aspirant read about the South Asian Countries as to their political, diplomatic, and economic issues. For examples, how many South Asian Countries are a member of WTO and its timeline?
PART B: Jurisprudence- Any standard book for jurisprudence will be enough for the purpose of the entrance exam. However, Jurisprudence: the Philosophy and Method of the Law by Edgar Bodenheimer or Jurisprudence by RWM Dias will be a good choice. Aspirants must focus on the theoretical understandings of the schools of jurisprudence and its concepts. Do not waste time on memorizing the definitions.
International Law: Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law by Alexander Orakhelashvili is a marvellous book for understanding the basic concepts of Public International Law. Aspirant can also refer to International Law by MN Shaw. Reading International Humanitarian Law from MN Shaw could be a good choice.
University Website: http://www.sau.int/
LL.M candidate at South Asian University, New Delhi