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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 2 2014/15


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

Ernest specialises in the study of Chinese law, legal linguistics, socio-legal studies, and comparative constitutional law.  His primary research utilises a hybrid socio-legal and socio-linguistic approach to study the relationship between law and language in both traditional and modern Chinese legal texts.  He is currently working on two projects.  The first considers the influence of theories of law and theories of writing on the evolution of statutory language in traditional China.  The second project 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 several journals including the Law and History Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, and Early China.


Edited Books

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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