School of Law, Gender and Media


The School of Law is the only one of its kind in the UK -  dedicated to legal systems and legal challenges of the developing world, with complementary strengths in human rights, international law and institutions, environmental law and international trade and commerce.

We have unrivalled expertise and produce world-leading research in comparative law (China, Africa, South/South-East Asia, the Middle East), complemented by specialists in international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law and socio-legal method.

The intellectual community at SOAS is vibrant and globally oriented. The School of Law, Gender and Media is home to a range of specialist law centres, which put on events regularly throughout the year. Additionally, the student Law Society is active and hosts career and social events.


All of our students are taught by academic thought leaders, practicing lawyers, and other experts from across a range of disciplines.

— Professor Eddie Bruce-Jones, Head of the School of Law, Gender and Media

Facts and figures

1st in UK

REF 2021 (Research Outputs)

6th in UK

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