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School of Law

School of Law Staff

Head of School

Mr Paul Kohler

Deputy Head of School

Professor. Martin Lau

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: Thursday 11:00-13:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2015/16)
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: Monday and Tueday 17:00-18:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)

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
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

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: Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00
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 13:00 to 15:00

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)
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

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2014/15
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
First Year Tutor
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.


Alexander Fischer
Lecturer in Law
Staff Silhouette

Constitutional and Comparative Public Law, Constitutional Theory, Federalism, Law and Courts, Law and Politics, Laws of South Asia

 

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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4302
  • Email: af5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 259
  • Office Hours: Fri13:30-14:30 drop in;14:30-15:30 sign up online
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.

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.

Vanja Hamzić
Lecturer in Law
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: Friday 12:00-13:40

Gina Heathcote
Widening Participation Liaison
Senior Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Deputy Programmes Convenor
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: Monday and Thursday 09:30-10:30
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
  • 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: Thursday 14.00 - 16.00
Paul Kohler
Senior Lecturer in Law
Head of School
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

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
Staff Silhouette

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
Professor of International Commercial Law
LLM International Economic Law Convenor
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: Tuesday 14:30-16:30
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 15:00 - 17:00

Lutz Oette
Senior Lecturer in Law
Departmental Pro Bono Tutor
LLM Human Rights, Conflict & Justice and MA Human Rights Law Convenor
Deputy Chair of Postgraduate Taught Examination Board
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 12:30 to 13:30
Emilia Onyema
Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law
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

Yoriko Otomo
Lecturer in Law
Yoriko Otomo

Historical, feminist, critical.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4707
  • Email: yo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4407
  • Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12.00-13.00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)
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 15:00-17:00

Carol G. S. Tan
Professor of Law
Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
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 14.30-16.30
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 13:00 - 15:00

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: Tuesday 10:15-12:15
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: Wednesday + Thursday 13:30 to 14:30

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

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


Tutors

Fatima Ahmad
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Adal Al-Moammar
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

Michael Bartlet
Lecturer in Law
Departmental Moots Tutor
Staff Silhouette
Jonathan Bashi
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jonathan Bashi

Lovleen Bhullar
Teaching Fellow
Lovleen Bhullar

Climate change, sanitation and water pollution

Muin Boase
Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Birju M Dattani
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette
Caroline Derry
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Sarah Elibiary
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
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.


David Green
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Guilia Jacovella
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Emily Jones
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Emily Jones
Sheri Ann Labenski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sheri Labenski

While Sheri is originally from New York, she has spent the last four years 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.


Jose Llanos
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Janet Loveless
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette Criminal Law; Evidence; Litigation & Legal Practice; Advocacy

Farrah Raza
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Federica Sona
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Mayur Suresh
Lecturer in Law
Senior Status Tutor
Staff Silhouette
Amanda Spalding
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Gianni Vuolo
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Sophie Walker
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Lei Zhang
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

Teaching and Visiting Academics

Vivienne Bradwell
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4671
  • Email: vb15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
Clara Della Croce
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4848
  • Email: cc58@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

Aeyal Gross
Aeyal Gross
Doreen Hinchcliffe
Doreen Hinchcliffe Islamic Law; Islamic Law of Succession
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4402
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

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

Currently Feja is finalising her PhD on International Law and Forests. She holds an MA in International Legal Studies (Distinction) from SOAS and MSC in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law - 226, CISD - 4433
  • Office Hours: LAW - 11-12:30, 226

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.  

  • Email: pl3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00 -13:00
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
Staff Silhouette
Anne Street
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Ike Ehiribe
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
John Hatchard
Staff Silhouette

Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; African Law; Comparative Public Law


David McIlroy
David McIrloy Banking Law; Insolvency Law; Employment Law; Legal Theory; Theology of Law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7453 9235
  • Email: dm7@soas.ac.uk
  • 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

Sundhya Pahuja
Research Professor in Law
Sundhya Pahuja

Research Associates

Tulia Ackson
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Muin Boase
Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Domenico Francavilla
Research Associate
Domenico Francavilla
Khalid Masud
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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

Imran Oluwole Smith
Professorial Research Associate
Imran Oulwole Smith

Effa Okupa
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Malcolm Voyce
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Administrative Staff

Marcelle Akita
Academic Department Officer (Postgraduate)
Marcelle Akita
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4413
  • Email: ma130@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm
Raksha Bhanderi
Academic Department Officer - Finance & Contracts
Staff Silhouette
  • 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
Jim Mckenzie
Department Manager
Staff Silhouette

Natalie Farrar (nee O'Driscoll)
Academic Department Officer (Undergraduate)
Natalie O'Driscoll
Juliet Ssentongo
Student Department Officer
Staff Silhouette