SOAS University of London

Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS)

CALS Members

Dr Ernest Caldwell
Ernest Caldwell

Public Law in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia; Environmental Constitutionalism;  History of Environmental Law; Biodiversity and Law; Natural Resources and Law; Wildlife Law and Policy; Wildlife Trafficking

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4645
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  • Room: S327
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment (ec24)
Professor Carol G. S. Tan
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4630
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  • Room: S131
  • Academic Support Hours: by prior appointment

Professor Philippe Cullet
Philippe Cullet
International and domestic law and policy concerning the environment, natural resources, water, sanitation, agriculture, sustainable development, climate change, health; social rights; intellectual property; India.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4651
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  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00
Ms Liling Aw
Staff Silhouette

Traditional Chinese Law, modern Chinese Law, comparative Company Law.

Dr Vanja Hamzić
Vanja Hamzić

Law and Society of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and West Africa (esp. Senegal); Islamic Law; Legal and Social History; Legal and Social Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Colonialism and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Marxism; Critical Theory; Law of Tort; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
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  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:30-17:30

Professor Martin W Lau
CEAL Member
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4935
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  • Room: S337
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11.30–12.30 & Thursday 14.30–15.30
Mr Scott Newton
CEAL Member
Scott Newton

Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4658
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  • Room: S330
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11:00 - 13:00

Professor Michael J E Palmer
CEAL Member
Michael Palmer

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Civil Procedure; Chinese Law (traditional and modern); Conflict of Laws; Comparative Family Law; Consumer Protection

Dr Grace (Yu) Mou
Mou Grace

Criminal law; criminology; comparative criminal justice; criminal evidence; Chinese law; Chinese criminal justice; Asian legal systems; socio-legal studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
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  • Room: S227
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:00 - 17:00

Dr Elisa Nesossi
Staff Silhouette

Chinese Law, Comparative Law, International Human Rights Law and Human Rights in China

Dr Kanika Sharma
Kana Sharma

Law and colonialism; Law and society in South Asia (especially gender issues); Law, image, and architecture; Psychoanalytic jurisprudence; Critical legal theory

Dr Mayur Suresh
Staff Silhouette

Anti-terror laws (particularly of South Asia); law and anthropology; legal theory (particularly on theories of emergency legality); sexuality and gender identity in South Asia.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4646
  • Email:
  • Room: S333
  • On Sabbatical:in Term 1 of 2019/20

Mr Chao Xi
Staff Silhouette

Chinese Law, Comparative Company Law, International Financial Law.