SOAS University of London

School of Law

School of Law Staff

Head of School

Professor Carol Tan

Academic Staff

Diamond Ashiagbor
Professor of Labour Law
Postgradute Research Deputy Admissions Tutor
Departmental REF Coordinator
Diamond Ashiagbor

Labour law; equality and anti-discrimination law; human rights; equality and multiculturalism; European Union law; the law and economics of labour market regulation; labour law; trade and development.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4246
  • Email: da40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 537
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00-16:00
Fareda Banda
Professor of Law
Undergraduate Deputy Exam Board Chair
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Admissions Tutor
Staff Silhouette

Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4664
  • Email: fb9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 237
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00

Mashood Baderin
Professor of Law
Chair of Department Learning and Teaching Committee - Term 1
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4715
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 220
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:30-18:30, Thurs 15:30-16:30 (or by email)
Samia Bano
Senior Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (UK)
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 238
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)

Gunnar Beck
Reader in Law
Intermediate Years Tutor
Gunnar Beck

EU law, legal theory; legal reasoning and method in common law and civil law jurisdictions; moral and political philosophy

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4661
  • Email: gb18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 239
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:00 - 19:00 (T1) Wed 16:30 - 18:30 (T2)
Brenna Bhandar
Senior Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor
Research Seminar Convenor
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 541
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:15 - 13:00

Ernest Caldwell
Lecturer in Chinese Law
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
Matthew Craven
Professor of International Law
Matthew Craven
Public international law, human rights (economic, social and cultural rights), international legal theory, history of international law (colonialism and decolonisation), international dispute settlement
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4673
  • Email: mc7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 250
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)

Philippe Cullet
Professor of International and Environmental Law
Postgraduate Research Convenor - Term 1
LLM Environmental Law and MA Environmental Law & Sustainable Development Convenor
Chair of Departmental Doctoral Committee - Term 1
Philippe Cullet
Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4651
  • Email: pcullet@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 226
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00 to 17:00
Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
Postgraduate Research Deputy Admissions Tutor
Staff Silhouette

Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 533
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 16:00 - 18:00

Ian D Edge
Lecturer in Law
Deputy Chair of Postgraduate Taught Examination Board
LLM Law in the Middle East & North Africa Convenor
Ian Edge
Islamic law; the general law of Egypt and the Gulf; commercial law in the Middle East; conflict of laws and international transactions.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 241
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 15:30-17:30
Jonathan Ercanbrack
Lecturer in the Law of Islamic Finance
Departmental Careers Tutor
Jonathan Ercanbrack

Financial laws of Arab state jurisdictions; Islamic financial law; legal change and globalisation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • Office Hours: Mondays 15:00 - 17:00 (by appointment only)

Nicholas H D Foster
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
LLM and MA International & Comparative Commerical Law Convenor
Nick Foster
Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4666
  • Email: nf4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: Wed 16:30-18:30 (or contact for appointment)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)
Kate Grady
Lecturer in Law
Chair of Postgraduate Taught Examination Board
Staff Silhouette

Criminal law; public international law especially international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, the United Nations, gender, and human rights.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4719
  • Email: kate.grady@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4406
  • Office Hours: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 (by appointment only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 & 2 (2016/17)

Vanja Hamzić
Senior Lecturer in Legal History and Legal Anthropology
Chair of Undergraduate Examination Board
Vanja Hamzić

Islamic Law; Laws of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and the Arab World; Legal Anthropology; Legal Historiography (esp. Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal Law); Human Rights Law; Gender, Sexuality and Law; Legal Theory; Law of Tort; Family Law; Law and Aesthetics/Art; Global Law/Governance.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 539
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 13:30-15:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)
Gina Heathcote
Undergraduate Deputy Programmes Convenor
Senior Lecturer in Law
Widening Participation Liaison
LLM Law & Gender Convenor
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; women's human rights; political and legal theories

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 535
  • Office Hours: Thursday 09:30 - 11:30

Kevin Jon Heller
Professor of Criminal Law
Postgraduate Taught Programmes Convenor
LLM and MA International Law Convenor
Chair of Postgraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee
Kevin Jon Heller

Criminal Law, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, legal theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4720
  • Email: kh33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 233
  • Office Hours: Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Catherine Jenkins
Lecturer in Law
Final Year Tutor
Staff Silhouette
Human rights; transitional justice; law and conflict; international criminal law; post-conflict reform and reconstruction; legal developments in post-apartheid South Africa; law and society in Africa.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4676
  • Email: cj3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 236
  • Office Hours: Monday 12.00 - 14.00

Paul Kohler
Senior Lecturer in Law
Chair of Department Learning and Teaching Committee - Term 2
Paul Kohler

Property including land, personal and trusts; Jurisprudence.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4656
  • Email: pk3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 227
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)
Martin W Lau
Professor of South Asian Law
Deputy Head of School
LLM Environmental Law and MA Environmental Law & Sustainable Development Convenor
Postgraduate Research Convenor - Term 2
Chair of Departmental Doctoral Committee - Term 2
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

Petra Mahy
Lecturer in Law
Departmental Research Newsletter Editor
Petra Mahy

Comparative Labour law; comparative company law; Legal history; Legal anthropology; Informal norms and institutions.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
  • Email: pm47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 264
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 13:00
Makeen F Makeen
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
Postgraduate Deputy Programme Convenor (MA)
Makeen Makeen
Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4502
  • Email: mm76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Office Hours: Friday 15:00-17:00

Peter Muchlinski
Emeritus Professor
Professor of International Commercial Law
Peter Muchlinski
The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.
Scott Newton
Lecturer in Laws of Central Asia
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Programme Convenor (LLM)
LLM Law, Development & Governance and MA Law , Development & Globalisation Convenor
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

Paul O'Connell
Reader in Law
Undergraduate Programme Convenor
Chair of Undergraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee
Staff Silhouette

Public Law, Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights), Legal Theory, Comparative Law and International Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4712
  • Email: po5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4403
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00
Lutz Oette
Senior Lecturer in Law
First Year Tutor
Departmental Pro Bono Tutor
LLM Human Rights, Conflict & Justice and MA Human Rights Law Convenor
Lutz Oette

Public international law; human rights, particularly prohibition of torture; victims' rights and reparation; human rights, law reform and justice in Sudan 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4727
  • Email: lo8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 235
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:30 to 13:30

Emilia Onyema
LLM and MA Dispute & Conflict Resolution Convenor
Emilia Onyema

International arbitration (commercial and investment); OHADA law; Commercial contracts; International sale of goods; International carriage of goods; Nigerian customary laws.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4717
  • Email: eo3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 242
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30- 13:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)

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)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)
Nimer Sultany
Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor
Nimer Sultany

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
  • Email: ns30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4408
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:00 - 13:00 (by appointment only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)

Mayur Suresh
Lecturer in Law
LLB Senior Status Tutor
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4646
  • Email: ms148@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 255
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00
Lynn Welchman
Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa
Chair of Department Research Committee
LLM and MA Islamic Law Convenor
Staff Silhouette
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)

Sanzhu Zhu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law
LLB/BA International Students Tutor
LLM and MA Chinese Law Convenor
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
  • On Sabbatical: Term 1 (2016/17)

Emeritus Professors

Anthony Dicks
Emeritus Professor
Staff Silhouette

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

Peter Muchlinski
Emeritus Professor
Professor of International Commercial Law
Peter Muchlinski
The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.

Michael J E Palmer
Emeritus Professor
Michael Palmer

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

Werner Menski
Emeritus Professor
Werner Menski
Classical and modern Hindu law; Muslim Law; Laws of South Asia; Family law; Comparative law; South Asians in the UK; Immigration law; Ethnic minorities

Tutors

Michael Allin
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Email: ma132@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: V216 (Term 1) & V217 (Term 2)
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mon 13:00 -14:00, Term 2: Mon 15:00 -16:00



Chike Valentine Ezike
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Chike Valentine Ezike

An alumni of the University of Lagos and Queen Mary University London, a qualified lawyer in both Nigeria and England with a passion for international arbitration and commercial law.


Sheri A. Labenski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sheri Labenski

Originally from New York, Sheri joined SOAS in 2013. Before London, she spent four years (2009-2013) in Cairo, Egypt attending The American University in Cairo. She moved to Cairo to study Arabic in The American University’s Department of Arabic Language Instruction, Arabic Language Intensive Program. After completing a year of course work she then enrolled as a Master student in the Law Department, focusing on human rights, gender, and international criminal law. She also received her Graduate Diploma in Gender and Justice.



Teaching and Visiting Academics

Abdulbari Altamni
Visting scholar
Dr Abdulbari Altamni

Law of treaties especially international multilateral treaties, Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law and Muslim States Practice of International Law.

Michael Bartlet
Senior Teaching Fellow in Law
Departmental Moots Tutor
Michael Bartlet
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4660
  • Email: mb108@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 257
  • Office Hours: Friday 13:00-15:00 (by appointment please)

Gail Price
Senior Teaching Fellow in Law
Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
Departmental GTA Tutor
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4660
  • Email: gp10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 257
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11:30 - 13:30 (by appointment only)



Thoko Kaime
Senior Teaching Fellow
Thoko Kaime

Children’s rights, international human rights, climate change, ecosystems services analysis, sustainability analysis, risk analysis and mitigation, African governance issues

Feja Lesniewska
Senior Teaching Fellow
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change, sustainable development, energy (renewables and bioenergy), ecosystems (forests, water, land), international environmental law and governance, human and indigenous peoples rights, legal, economic and social theory and research methods in the digital age.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law - 226, CISD - 4431
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00

Peter Leyland
Staff Silhouette

Specialises in public law and comparative public law. Co-editor of the series Constitutional Systems of the World published by Hart and contributor of the first volume in the series. His research interests fall under the broad headings: UK constitutional law; UK administrative law; comparative public law; Thailand’s constitutional and legal system.  

Barrie Nathan
Staff Silhouette
Principal Lecturer on the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers (1998 – 2011).

Hart's Mooting and Oral Skills Senior Teaching Fellow.


Colin Paul
Senior Teaching Fellow (Visiting)
Staff Silhouette

Senior Teaching Fellow (Visiting)

Solicitor – non practising

Consultation Board member of Practical Law Finance.

Specialises in financial law relating to the International Banking and Capital Markets and derivatives.



David McIlroy
David McIrloy
Banking Law; Insolvency Law; Employment Law; Legal Theory; Theology of Law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 3735 8025
  • Email: dm7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Forum Chambers,1 Quality Court,Chancery Lane, WC2A
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

Iain Scobbie
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice


Research Professors

Research Associates

Mimi Ajibadé
Research Associate
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.



Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Professorial Research Associate
Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Islam and feminism; Islamic family law, politics of gender and family law in Iran and Morocco




Administrative Staff

Raksha Bhanderi
Academic Department Officer - Finance & Contracts
Raksha Bhanderi
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4402
  • Email: rb47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Christine Djumpah
Academic Department Officer - Events and Research
Christine Djumpah
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4402
  • Email: cd15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Wednesday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Lucy King
Academic Department Officer (Postgraduate)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4485
  • Email: lk13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Emma Perry
Academic Departmental Officer (Undergraduate - Maternity Cover)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4413
  • Email: ep32@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm