SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies



Dr Mashood Baderin

Professor of Law, SOAS,

  • Islamic Law;
  • International and Comparative Human Rights Law;
  • Public International Law;
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States.
Dr Fareda Banda

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Family law; law and society in Africa; human rights of women; alternative dispute resolution.
  • Africa
Dr Simon Coldham

Senior Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Land law; family law; succession law; criminal law; administration of justice; legal reform by African governments; customary courts.
  • Commonwealth Africa, East and Central Africa, Kenya, Zambia
Professor Philippe Cullet

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Implementation of international environmental agreements at the national level, in particular concerning the biodiversity convention; biotechnology and intellectual property rights with a focus on plant variety protection (farmers' and breeders' rights).
  • Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
Mr Ian Edge

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Islamic law; modern laws of Egypt and the Gulf; commercial law in the Middle East; conflict of laws and international business law.
  • Middle East, Egypt
Mr Ike Ehiribe

Visiting Professor C.I.L.S. Salzburg - Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator & Accredited Mediator,

  • International Commercial Law
Dr Vanja Hamzić

Senior Lecturer in Legal History and Legal Anthropology, SOAS,

  • Dr Hamzić’s current book-length project addresses gender variance and cosmological and legal pluralism in eighteenth-century Senegambia as well as the ways the enslaved gender-variant West Africans have survived the Middle Passage and ‘New World’ gender regimes, in particular that of colonial (i.e. first French and then Spanish) Louisiana. 
Ms Catherine Jenkins

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Currently working on issues of prosecutions and amnesties for gross violations of human rights, reflecting research carried out in South Africa on the work of the TRC, and generally on human rights in post-conflict situations, including Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa.
  • South Africa, Rwanda
Lutz Oette

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • Public international law;
  • human rights law;
  • implementation of international standards;
  • victims' rights and reparation.
Dr Tunde Ogowewo

Lecturer in Law, KCL,

  • Capital markets; securities regulation; company, commercial, trade and administrative law; the regulation of takeovers in Nigeria; locus stands and access to justice in Nigeria; capital market regulation in Africa.
  • Nigeria
Emilia Onyema

Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • International trade law, comparative commercial law and alternative dispute resolution.
James S Read

Visiting Professor of Comparative Public Law, with special reference to Africa, SOAS

  • African and Commonwealth Public Law
Dr Peter Slinn

Senior Lecturer in Law, SOAS,

  • International law; law and development with particular reference to exploitation of natural resources; comparative constitutional law.
  • Southern Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa
Chandra Lekha Sriram

Professor, Law Department, SOAS,

  • International human rights and humanitarian law;
  • International criminal accountability;
  • Transitional justice;
  • Conflict prevention, resolution, and post-conflict peacebuilding.
Lynn Welchman

Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa, SOAS,

  • Palestine and international humanitarian law;
  • laws of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law, human rights, gender and law.

Department of Law