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School of Law

School of Law Staff

Head of School

Mr Paul Kohler

Deputy Head of School

Professor. Martin Lau

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Alex Fischer

Dr Gina Heathcote (Deputy)

Undergraduate Tutor

First year tutor: Dr Catriona Drew

Intermediate year tutor: Dr Gunnar Beck 

Final year tutor: Vida Allen

Overseas tutor:  Dr Sanzhu Zhu  

Undergraduate Careers Officer

Dr Jonathan Ercanbrack

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor 

Dr Catriona Drew 

Dr Anicee Van Engeland (Deputy Overseas) and Gail Price (Deputy Access)

Postgraduate Admissions Tutors

Dr Nimer Sultany 

Postgraduate Programme Convenor (LLM/MA)

Professor Martin Lau

Dr Ernest Caldwell (Deputy, MA) and Dr Sarah Keenan (Deputy, LLM)

Research Tutor

Professor Philippe Cullet

PhD/Research Admissions Tutor

Dr Lutz Oette

Academic Staff

Vida Allen
Senior Teaching Fellow
Chair of Department Learning and Teaching Committee
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 0207 898 4660
  • Email: va2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 257
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
Diamond Ashiagbor
Professor of Labour Law
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: 0207 898 4246
  • Email: da40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 537
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

Mashood Baderin
Professor of Law
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: 020 7898 4715
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 220
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 16:00-18:00
Fareda Banda
Professor in the Laws of Africa
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4664
  • Email: fb9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 237
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11.00 - 13.00

Samia Bano
Senior Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Admissions Team
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: 020 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 238
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00
Gunnar Beck
Reader in Law
Gunnar Beck

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4661
  • Email: gb18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 239
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00 to 6:00pm

Brenna Bhandar
Senior Lecturer
Research/PhD admissions Tutor
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 541
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30 to 12.30
Ernest Caldwell
Lecturer in Chinese Law
Deputy Postgraduate Convenor (MA)
Ernest Caldwell

Traditional and Modern Chinese Legal Thought; Legal Historiography; Law and Language; Chinese Constitutional Law; Comparative/Interdisciplinary Methodologies

  • 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: 020 7898 4673
  • Email: mc7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 250
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Philippe Cullet
Professor of International and Environmental Law
Research Tutor
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
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor - Term 1
Research/PhD 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: Thurs 3:30 to 5:00
Ian D Edge
Lecturer in Law
Chair of UG Examination Board
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: 020 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 241
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

Jonathan Ercanbrack
Lecturer in the Law of Islamic Finance
UG Careers Tutor
Jonathan Ercanbrack

Islamic commercial law, the Law of Islamic Finance (LIF), especially the interaction of the LIF with municipal legal systems, the regulation of Islamic finance.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-17:00
Alexander Fischer
Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Programme Convenor
Staff Silhouette

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

 

Office hours online booking system www.mysignup.com/alexfischer  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4302
  • Email: af5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 259
  • Office Hours: Wed11:30-13:30 drop in;12:30-13:30 sign up online

Nicholas H D Foster
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
UG 1st Year Tutor
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: 020 7898 4666
  • Email: nf4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:30-18:30 + Wed 16:30-18:30
Kate Grady
Lecturer
MA/LLM Chair of 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 Examination Board - UG
Vanja Hamzic

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: 020 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 539
  • Office Hours: Friday 13:00-14:45 and also by email appointment
Gina Heathcote
Deputy Undergraduate Programme Convenor
Lecturer in Law
Gina Heathcote

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 535
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:30 - 1:30

Kevin Jon Heller
Professor of Criminal Law
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4720
  • Email: kh33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4405
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical Term 1
Catherine Jenkins
Lecturer in Law
Chair of PG Examination Board
Academic Board Faculty Rep
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: 020 7898 4676
  • Email: cj3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 236
  • Office Hours: Thursday 14.00 to 16.00

Sarah Keenan
Lecturer in Law
Deputy Postgraduate Convenor (LLM)
Sarah Keenan

Feminist, spatial, critical.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4652
  • Email: sk128@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-17:00
David Kennedy
Visiting Professor of Law
Staff Silhouette

International law, social thought, law and development, American legal thought


Paul Kohler
Senior Lecturer in Law
Head of School
Paul Kohler

Property including land, personal and trusts; Jurisprudence.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4656
  • Email: pk3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 227
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Martin W Lau
Professor of South Asian Law
ISP Tutor
Deputy Head of School
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-12:30 Term 1; on sabbatical Term 2+3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2013/2014

Makeen F Makeen
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
Makeen Makeen Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4502
  • Email: mm76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Office Hours: Friday 15:00-17:00
Werner Menski
Professor of South Asian Laws
UG 3rd Year Tutor
ISP Tutor
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
  • Tel: 020 7898 4674
  • Email: wm4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 233
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11.30 - 12.30

Peter Muchlinski
Professor of International Commercial Law
Faculty Research Committee Rep
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
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: 020 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

Paul O'Connell
Reader in Law
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4712
  • Email: po5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4403
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical Terms 1 + 2
Lutz Oette
Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Taught Programme 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: 020 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
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Emilia Onyema

International trade law; Comparative commercial law and alternative dispute resolution; International Commercial Arbitration; Law and Development in Africa; Customary laws of West Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4717
  • Email: eo3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 242
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30- 13:30
Yoriko Otomo
Lecturer in Law
UG Deputy Chair of Examination Board
MA/LLM Deputy Chair of Examination Board
Yoriko Otomo

Historical, feminist, critical.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4707
  • Email: yo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4407
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 13:00-15:00

Sundhya Pahuja
Research Professor in Law
Sundhya Pahuja
Gail Price
Senior Teaching Fellow
Deputy Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Access)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 0207 898 4660
  • Email: gp10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 257
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00-17:00 by email appointment

Carol G. S. Tan
Reader in Law
UG Intermediate Year 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: 020 7898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4423
  • Office Hours: Friday 2.45pm - 4.45pm
Nimer Sultany
Lecturer in Law
LLM/MA Admissions Tutor
Nimer Sultany

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4729
  • Email: ns30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4408
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:00 - 13:00

Anicee Van Engeland
Lecturer in Law
Deputy Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Overseas)
Anicee Van Engeland

Iranian law, Islamic law, human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, migrations, gender, Iran, Afghanistan.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4646
  • Email: av5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 255
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:15 to 16:15 and Wed 11.00 to 12.00
Lynn Welchman
Professor of Law with particuclar reference to the Middle East and North Africa
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: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

Sanzhu Zhu
Senior lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law
Undergraduate Overseas Tutor
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: 020 7898 4667
  • Email: sz8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 240
  • Office Hours: Wednesday by apppointment, Thursday 1:30 to 2:30

Teaching Fellows

Rozeena Ali
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Ryan Arthur
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

William M Ballantyne
Visiting Professor of Arab Law
Staff Silhouette

Arab law; comparative commercial law

Jing Bian
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Financial Regulation, International Economic Law, Chinese Law, Corporate Governance, Cross-border Mergers and Aquisitions


Vivienne Bradwell
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4678
  • Email: vb15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11.30 - 12.30 Thursdays 09.30 - 10.30
Jeremy Brown
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Jack Simson Caird
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Email: jc89@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4405 term 2 only
  • Office Hours: Thursdays at 1-2pm term 2 only
Clara Della Croce
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Caroline Derry
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Ioannis Glinavos
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Aeyal Gross
Visiting Reader
Aeyal Gross
Doreen Hinchcliffe
Visiting Lecturer in Law with reference to Islam
Doreen Hinchcliffe Islamic Law; Islamic Law of Succession

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

Panos Kapotas
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Andreas Kotsakis
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
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: By appointment

Peter Leyland
Professorial Research Associate
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.  

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

MJ Mace
Senior Teaching Fellow
MJ Mace

Maria Federica Moscati
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Comparative legal studies; English family law and comparative family law; access to justice and alternative dispute resolution; human rights especially children’s rights and LGBTI rights.

Barrie Nathan
Visiting Lecturer
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
Visiting Lecturer
Staff Silhouette
Sham Qayyum
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4674
  • Email: sq1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 233
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:00

Anne Street
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Rupa Reddy
Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Nima Mersadi Tabari
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Research Associates

Professor His Honour Judge Eugene Cotran
Visiting Professor of Law with reference to Africa and the Middle East
Staff Silhouette

African law; Middle Eastern law; immigration law; public and private international law

Deval Desai
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Domenico Francavilla
Research Associate
Domenico Francavilla
Imran Oluwole Smith
Professorial Research Associate
Imran Oulwole Smith

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

Michael J E Palmer
Professorial Research Associate
Michael Palmer

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


Khalid Masud
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Effa Okupa
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Visiting Academics

Mr Ike Ehiribe
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
John Hatchard
Visiting Lecturer
Staff Silhouette

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


Rt Hon. David Lammy, MP
Visiting Lecturer
David Lammy
David McIlroy
Visiting Lecturer
David McIrloy Banking Law; Insolvency Law; Employment Law; Legal Theory; Theology of Law

James S Read
Visiting Professor of Comparitive Public Law, with special reference to Africa
Staff Silhouette

African and Commonwealth Public Law

Iain Scobbie
Visiting Professor
Faculty Promotions Committee Rep
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


Prakash Shah
Visiting Lecturer
Staff Silhouette

Immigration and Nationality Law; Ethnic Minorities and the Law

Alan A. Stone
Visiting Lecturer
Staff Silhouette
  • On Sabbatical:Yes

Administrative Staff

Natasha De Meric
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4402
  • Email: pglaw@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14
Juliet Ssentongo
Staff Silhouette

Atikah Chowdhury
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4485
  • Email: ac8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am - 4pm
Catherine Farinhas-Gray
Catherine Farinhas-Gray

Jenny Higgins
Jenny Higgins
Katie Jenkins
Staff Silhouette