SOAS University of London

Colonialism, Empire and International Law

CCEIL Members

Professor Matthew Craven
Director, Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law
Matthew Craven
Public international law, international legal history (particularly colonialism and decolonisation), postcolonial and critical legal theory.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4673
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  • Room: S334
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 15:30 - 17:00hrs
Dr Catriona Drew
Founding Co-Director
Staff Silhouette

Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
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  • Room: S332
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 17:15 - 18:45

Dr Kate Grady
Staff Silhouette

Military law, criminal law, international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, critical legal theories

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4719
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  • Room: S326
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 12:30 - 13:30 and Friday 11:30 - 12:30
Professor Gina Heathcote
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; collective security; political and legal theories; law of the sea; gender and conflict

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4367
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  • Room: S344
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:00- 12:00

Dr Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00 (Term 2)
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; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
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  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: T2: Tue 12:00 - 14:00 (by appointment only)

Dr Michelle Staggs Kelsall
Michelle Staggs Kelsall

International Law; Human Rights; Business & Human Rights; Law & Policy of Southeast Asia

  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 5113
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  • Room: S224
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00
Dr Olivia Lwabukuna
Olivia Lwabukuna

Law & Development, Displacement, Resource Governance, Women’s Property Rights and
African Legal Theory and Legal Systems

  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 074 5120
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  • Room: S328
  • Academic Support Hours: Please note that I am on research leave.

Mr Scott Newton
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.

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  • Room: S330
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 13.00-15.00
Dr Nimer Sultany
Nimer Sultany

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
  • Email:
  • Room: S228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 13.00 – 15.00

Dr Rahul Rao
Rahul Rao
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22

Visiting Academics

Professor Dianne Otto
Visiting Fellow
Dianne Otto

Dianne Otto is Francine V. McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School and a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS.