SOAS University of London

Colonialism, Empire and International Law


Building on SOAS’s unique remit to develop research on the global south the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL) is a hub for inter-disciplinary collaboration and research on public international law and its historical and contemporary relationship to colonialism and empire. The Centre’s research is organised into three research streams: international legal history; race, gender, and sexuality; and the international regulation of violence.  Each of these programmes is responsible for it own research output and for holding events such as conferences, workshops and symposia. CCEIL is also (together with the LSE) the institutional home of the London review of international law

The Centre regularly invites guests from other academic disciplines as well as from the Arts, the London museums and libraries, and the governmental and the non-governmental sectors, to participate in its plenary events series: Critical Conversations; Afternoon Teas; Untold Stories & Unheard Voices; and the Student Salon.

Our post-graduate community is at the heart of the Centre. One of the primary aims in establishing the Centre was to provide an institutional space for collaboration between faculty and students, and to develop a research culture within the post-graduate student body. PhD students together with Masters students enrolled in the International Law programme or courses play a pivotal role in shaping the Centre’s research and other activities: hosting the Student Salon; assisting with CCEIL’s events; and participating in the annual International Law Master class and the PhD Critical Colloquium.

Based in the heart of Bloomsbury, SOAS is within an easy walk of the British Library, and just around the corner from the excellent international law library of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. SOAS Library boasts an unrivalled collection of archival and other historical and contemporary sources on the global south. CCEIL welcomes applications from scholars from a wide variety of disciplines who are engaged in relevant search and who wish to join its visiting fellow programme or to participate in its activities. We are also keen to develop research links and student/faculty exchanges with other institutions. Please contact us at