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Centre of East Asian Law

CEAL Members

Carol G. S. Tan
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4423
  • Office Hours: Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 (by appointment only)
Sanzhu Zhu
Chair, CEAL
Sanzhu Zhu

Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and futures markets; civil procedure and dispute resolution in China, particularly securities disputes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4667
  • Email: sz8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 240
  • Office Hours: Thursday 13:00 - 15:00

Mimi Ajibadé
Staff Silhouette

International corporate governance; Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and capital markets; Africa-China relations and the role of law.


Liling Aw
CEAL Member
Staff Silhouette

Traditional Chinese Law, modern Chinese Law, comparative Company Law.

Ernest Caldwell
Ernest Caldwell

Laws of China and Taiwan; Comparative Constitutional Law; Human Rights in Asia; Law and Visual Culture; Legal History

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4645
  • Email: ec24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 258
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 13:00-15:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)

Anthony Dicks
CEAL Member
Staff Silhouette

QC Laws of the People’s Republic of China; traditional Chinese law, international law; commercial law; legal history; laws of Hong Kong

Yuka Kobayashi
CEAL Member
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4736
  • Email: yk37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4425
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12pm, Terms 1 & 2

Martin W Lau
CEAL Member
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Monday 13:30 - 15:30
Scott Newton
CEAL Member
Scott Newton Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 14:00-16:00

Michael J E Palmer
CEAL Member
Michael Palmer

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Civil Procedure; Chinese Law (traditional and modern); Conflict of Laws; Comparative Family Law; Consumer Protection

External Members

Elisa Nesossi
Staff Silhouette

Chinese Law, Comparative Law, International Human Rights Law and Human Rights in China

Patricia Ng
Staff Silhouette

Verapat Pariyawong
Project Coordinator, SOAS Rule of Law in Thailand Project
Verapat Pariyawong

Chao Xi
CEAL Member
Staff Silhouette

Chinese Law, Comparative Company Law, International Financial Law.