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Law - Departmental Centres

Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)

The Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) of the School of Law seeks to provide a focal point to expand the increasing interest in the dynamic relationships between the fields of law, environment and development.
Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) Site

Centre for Islamic and Middle East Law (CIMEL)

CIMEL promotes the study and understanding of Islamic law and modern Middle East legal systems by encouraging research, guest lecturers, publications and academic exchanges. There is a strong relationship with lawyers, diplomats and international organisations interested in Islam and the Middle East.
Centre for Islamic and Middle East Law (CIMEL) Site.

Centre for Law and Conflict (CLC)

The Centre for Law and Conflict was formally launched on Wednesday 30 October 2002 with a lecture by Dr. Martin Lau, Chair of the SOAS Law Department, on 'Rebuilding Afghanistan's Legal System'.
Centre for Law and Conflict (CLC) Site

Centre of East Asian Law Centre (CEAL)

The East Asian Law Centre promotes the study and understanding of laws and legal traditions in East Asia, by fostering research, offering guest lectures and promoting academic and professional exchanges.
Centre of East Asian Law (CEAL) site

Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS)

CEMS focuses on the current issues in the study of ethnic minorities in Britain and elsewhere in the world. It has published a major series of books which has tackled a variety of issues such as the primary purpose rule in British immigration, immigration and adoption, refugees and carriers rights, and the effects of the return of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS) Site

Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)

Building on SOAS’s unique remit to develop research into Asia and Africa, the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL) aims to provide a forum for inter-disciplinary research on public international law and its historical and contemporary relationship to Colonialism and Empire.
Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL) site

Centre for Human Rights Law

The Centre for Human Rights Law aims to provide a forum for scholarship and collaborative approaches on human rights law in practice. Building on SOAS’ unique focus and experience, it seeks to advance research and the teaching of human rights law and related areas with particular reference to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Centre for Human Rights Law (CHRL) site 

South East Asia Legal Studies Group (SEALS)

SEALS is an international e-mail discussion group/notice board devoted to current developments in South East Asian legal systems. Members include academics, practicing lawyers, activists and students.

Approaching Law Group

The SOAS Approaching Law Group is a focal point for explorations of the nature, origins and implications of different ‘approaches’ to law. Some such approaches may be linked to specific disciplines--such as anthropology, architecture, politics, economics, history, law, international relations, sociology or the visual arts. Others are trans-disciplinary, such as feminist and critical approaches; or relate to different social realms--such as academia versus practice. Each is analytically, empirically and normatively distinctive; and each merits deep and reflexive investigation.

So members of the Group self-consciously challenge and elide intellectual boundaries. They respect and internalise multiple approaches and are committed to improving communication and learning among them.

We warmly welcome the involvement of those who are active in the types of research and practice outlined above.

Approaching Law Group 

Amanda Perry-Kessaris and Chandra Lekha Sriram
Co-Directors