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Dr Ernest Caldwell

BA (Alabama), LLM (Singapore), MA (Kansas), PhD (Chicago)


Ernest Caldwell
Dr Ernest Caldwell
Email address:
+44 (0)207 898 4645
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Tuesday 13:00-15:00
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)


Ernest Caldwell joined the SOAS law faculty in 2012 as Lecturer in Chinese Law.  He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in legal history, sinology, Chinese literature, and Asian legal systems.

Ernest specialises in the study of Chinese law, human rights in Asia, law and visual culture, and comparative constitutional law.   He is currently working on two book projects.  The first project, tentatively titled Visualising Justice in China, combines historical, literary, visual, and socio-legal methodologies to trace the development of Chinese legal iconography.  The second book project, tentatively titled The Language of Constitutionalism in China, combines socio-legal and socio-linguistic approaches to analyse the development of distinctly indigenous articulations of “constitutionalism” in modern China.  

Ernest’s research on traditional and contemporary Chinese legal and political thought has been published in edited volumes and several journals including the Law and History Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, and Early China


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Biye Gao, Exploring Chinese mothers' reproductive agency (working title)


Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Caldwell, Ernest and Nardin, Terry, eds. (2012) Methodological Approaches to Asian Constitutionalism. Symposium Issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Chicago: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Book Chapters

Caldwell, Ernest (2013) 'Opportune Moments in Early Chinese Strategic Thought: The Concept of ji 機 in the Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscript Cao Mie’s Battle Arrays.' In: Lorge, Peter and Roy, Kaushik, (eds.), Chinese and Indian Warfare: The Classical Age to 1870. London: Routledge. (Forthcoming)


Caldwell, Ernest (2014) 'Social Change and Written Law in Early Chinese Legal Thought.' Law and History Review, 32 (1). pp. 1-30.

Caldwell, Ernest (2012) 'Horizontal Rights and Chinese Constitutionalism: Judicialization through Labor Disputes.' Chicago-Kent Law Review, 88 (1). pp. 63-91.

Caldwell, Ernest and Nardin, Terry (2012) 'Introduction: Methodological Approaches to Asian Constitutionalism.' Chicago-Kent Law Review, 88 (1). pp. 3-10.

Caldwell, Ernest 'Promoting Action in Early Chinese Political Philosophy: A First Look at the Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscript Cao Mie’s Battle Arrays.' Early China . (Forthcoming)

Book Reviews

Caldwell, Ernest (2014) 'Review of Mike MacConville and Eva Pils eds., 'Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China'.' China Quarterly, 216 . pp. 1078-1080.

Caldwell, Ernest (2011) 'Review of Wong Yun-Bor. Autonomy and Protection of Fundamental Rights in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.' Asian Journal of International Law, 1 (2). pp. 423-424.

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