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.