SOAS University of London

School of Law

Diamond Ashiagbor

BA, MA (Oxon); PhD (European University Institute)
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Diamond Ashiagbor
School of Law

Professor of Labour Law

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Professor Diamond Ashiagbor
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4246
Office Hours:
Tuesday 14:00-16:00
Internal Supervisors


Diamond Ashiagbor joined SOAS in September 2010 as Professor of Labour Law, having previously been a Reader in Law at University College London. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has a PhD from the European University Institute.

Her previous positions include: Research Fellow in the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford; Lecturer in Law in the University of Hull. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York (2000, 2007). She has also been the recipient of a US-EU Fulbright Research Award; a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship, Department of Law, European University Institute (2011); and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2013-14).

Diamond’s main areas of research interest are labour/employment law, in particular in the context of regional integration (the European Union and the African Union); labour law, trade and development; economic sociology of law; human rights, equality and multiculturalism. Her book The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, OUP, 2005 (Oxford Monographs on Labour Law) was winner of the 2006 Society of Legal Scholars / Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Recent research projects have included a workshop and two journal special issues on economic sociology of law, co-organised with Prabha Kotiswaran and Amanda Perry Kessaris. Current research includes a project on ‘Social rights and the market: Embedding trade liberalisation in regional labour law’, interrogating the social dimension of regional economic integration: how markets may be embedded within, constituted by, and ameliorated through the ‘social’, in particular by labour law and social policy, with a focus on integration within sub-Saharan Africa.

Diamond is a member of the editorial boards of Feminist Legal Studies and Current Legal Problems. Within SOAS, Diamond co-organises the Economic Sociology of Law Reading Group, and within London, the London Labour Law Discussion Group.


PhD Students supervised
  • Gabriela Marti, Migrant Domestic Workers in East and Southeast Asia
  • Yawen Yang, Towards Democratic Citizenship for Temporary Migrant Workers: Cases of Taiwan and Canada
PhD students
  • Clare Williams, Law as a Determinant of External Finance: Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka (second supervisor)
  • Jonathan Bashi Rudahindwa, OHADA, a regional legal system to support the creation of an internal market in Africa
  • Chioma Ishiodu, the ECOWAS Commission as an instrument of regional governance for Economic Integration (second supervisor)
  • Gabriela Marti, Migrant Domestic Workers in East and Southeast Asia


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.


Authored Books

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2005) The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Monographs on Labour Law)

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Ashiagbor, Diamond and Kotiswaran, Prabha and Perry-Kessaris, Amanda, eds. (2013) Towards an Economic Sociology of Law. Wiley. (Journal of Law and Society Special Issues)

Ashiagbor, Diamond and Countouris, Nicola and Lianos, Ioannis, eds. (2012) The European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2015) 'Evaluating the Reflexive Turn in Labour Law.' In: Bogg, Alan and Costello, Cathryn and Davies, ACL and Prassl, Jeremias, (eds.), The Autonomy of Labour Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 123-148.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2014) 'Article 15 freedom to choose an occupation and right to engage in work, and Article 29, right of access to placement services.' In: Peers, Steve and Hervey, Tamara and Kenner, Jeff and Ward, Angela, (eds.), Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2006) 'L’armonizzazione soft: il “Metodo aperto di coordinamento” nella Strategia europea per occupazione.' In: Barbera, Marzia, (ed.), Nuove forme di regolazione: Il metodo aperrto di coordinamento delle politiche sociali. Milano: Giuffrè Editore.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2005) 'Promoting Precariousness? The Response of EU Employment Policies to Precarious Work.' In: Fudge, Judy and Owens, Rosemary, (eds.), Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms. Oxford: Haart Publishing.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2005) 'The Right To Work.' In: de Burca, Gráinne and de Witte, Bruno and Ogertschnig, Larissa, (eds.), Social Rights in Europe: Changes and Challenges. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2004) 'The European Employment Strategy and the Regulation of Part-Time Work.' In: Davies, Paul and Freedland, Mark and Sciarra, Silvana, (eds.), Employment Policy and the Regulation of Part-Time Work in the European Union: A Comparative Analysis. Cambridge University Press.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2000) 'Flexibility and Adaptability in the EU Employment Strategy.' In: Collins, Hugh and Davies, Paul and Rideout, Roger, (eds.), Legal Regulation of the Employment Relation. London;The Hague: Kluwer Law International, pp. 373-401. ((W.G. Hart legal workshop series, v. 3))

Ashiagbor, Diamond (1999) 'The Intersection Between Gender and Race in the Labour Market: Lessons for Anti-discrimination Law.' In: Morris, Anne and O'Donnell, Thérèse, (eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Employment Law. London: Routledge-Cavendish, pp. 139-160.

Journal Articles

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2014) 'Embedding Trade Liberalisation in Social Policy: Social Regionalism and the Global South.' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 65 (3). pp. 265-281.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2013) 'Unravelling the Embedded Liberal Bargain: Labour and Social Welfare Law in the Context of EU Market Integration.' European Law Journal, 19 (3). pp. 303-324.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2011) 'Ameliorating globalization? European Union approaches to the social dimension of globalization.' Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal. (Forthcoming)

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2009) 'Multiple Discrimination in a Multicultural Europe: Achieving Labour Market Equality through New Governance.' Current Legal Problems, 61. 265-288. [London: SOAS School of Law Research Paper No. 17/2010].

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2009) 'Collective Labor Rights and the European Social Model.' Law & Ethics of Human Rights, 3 (2). 222-266 [London: SOAS School of Law Research Paper No. 18/2010].

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2004) 'Soft Harmonisation: The Open Method of Coordination in the European Employment Strategy.' European Public Law, 10. pp. 305-332.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2004) 'Economic and Social Rights in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.' European Human Rights Law Review, 1. pp. 63-72.

Ashiagbor, Diamond (2001) 'EMU and the Shift in the European Labour Law Agenda: From “Social Policy” to “Employment Policy”.' European Law Journal, 7 (3). pp. 311-330.

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