SOAS University of London

School of Law

School of Law Staff

Head of School

Professor Carol Tan

Academic Staff

Mashood Baderin
Professor of Laws
Undergraduate Programmes Convenor
Undergraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee - Chair
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4715
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S135
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 13:30 - 15:30
Fareda Banda
Professor of Law
Postgraduate Research Programme Convenor
Departmental Doctoral Committee - Chair
Staff Silhouette

Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4664
  • Email: fb9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S223
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 10.00 - 12.00

Samia Bano
Senior Lecturer in Law
Learning and Teaching Coordinator
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
Gunnar Beck
Reader in Law
Departmental Careers Tutor
Gunnar Beck

EU law, legal theory; legal reasoning and method in common law and civil law jurisdictions; moral and political philosophy

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4661
  • Email: gb18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S232
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 17:00 - 19:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2018/19)

Brenna Bhandar
Senior Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Taught Programmes Convenor
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 17:00-18:00 & Wednesday 11:00-12:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2018/19)
Ernest Caldwell
Lecturer in Laws of China and Taiwan
Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
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
  • Email: ec24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S327
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00

Matthew Craven
Professor of International Law
Undergraduate Exam Board - Chair
Matthew Craven
Public international law, human rights (economic, social and cultural rights), international legal theory, history of international law (colonialism and decolonisation), international dispute settlement
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4673
  • Email: mc7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S334
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 13:30 - 14:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2018/19)
Philippe Cullet
Professor of International and Environmental Law
Departmental Research Committee - Chair
LLM Environmental Law and MA Environmental Law & Sustainable Development Convenor
Philippe Cullet
Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4651
  • Email: pc38@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 15.00 - 17.00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2018/19)

Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor
LLM & MA International Law Convenor
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S332
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 14:15 - 15:45
Ian D Edge
Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Ian Edge
Middle East laws particularly the civil and commercial law of Egypt ,Saudi Arabia and the Gulf; Islamic  law and particularly the law of succession, wealth planning and Islamic Finance; International Commercial Arbitration; Conflict of laws and Contract
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S342
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30

Jonathan Ercanbrack
Lecturer in the Law of Islamic Finance
Departmental Careers Tutor
Departmental Research Newsletter Editor
Jonathan Ercanbrack

Specialisms: Financial laws of Arab State Jurisdictions; Islamic financial law; contract law; technology, law and Gulf State Jurisdictions

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: ​ S230
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2018/19)
Nicholas H D Foster
Research Associate
Nick Foster
Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.

Kate Grady
Senior Lecturer in Law
Departmental Graduate Teaching Assistant Mentor
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4719
  • Email: kate.grady@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S326
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 13.00 -15.00
Vanja Hamzić
Senior Lecturer in Legal History and Legal Anthropology; Intermediate Years Tutor
LLM & MA Law and Gender Convenor
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
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:30-17:30

Gina Heathcote
Reader in Gender Studies and International Law
PGT Admissions Tutor (Term 1)
MA Convenor (Term 1)
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
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S335
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 13.30-15.30
Catherine Jenkins
Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Exam Board - Chair
Departmental Research Seminar Series
Staff Silhouette
Human rights; transitional justice; law and conflict; international criminal law; post-conflict reform and reconstruction; legal developments in post-apartheid South Africa; law and society in Africa.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4676
  • Email: cj3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S340
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00

Michelle Staggs Kelsall
Lecturer in International Law
Lead on Widening Participation
Michelle Staggs Kelsall

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

  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 5113
  • Email: mk128@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S224
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 & Thursday 14:30 - 15:30
Paul Kohler
Senior Lecturer in Law
UG Deputy Exam Board Chair (Scrutiny)
Paul Kohler

Property including land, personal and trusts; Jurisprudence.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4656
  • Email: pk3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S344
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 14.00-15.00 & 17.00-18.00

Martin W Lau
Professor of South Asian Law
Postgraduate Programmes Convenor (Terms 2 & 3)
LLM Convenor
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4935
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S337
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11.30–12.30 & Thursday 14.30–15.30
Olivia Lwabukuna
Lecturer in Law
PGT Deputy Exam Board Chair (Scrutiny)
Olivia Lwabukuna

Law and Development in Africa, Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, Natural Resource Governance in Africa, Law and Legal Reform in Post Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice (Constitutions), Trade conflict and Law in Africa, Law and Policy on Internal Displacement in Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 074 5120
  • Email: ol3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S328
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 12.30-13.30 & Wednesday 13.30-14.30

Makeen F Makeen
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
LLM in International Commercial and Economic Law Convenor
Final Year Tutor (Terms 2 & 3)
NALSAR Coordinator
Makeen Makeen
Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4502
  • Email: mm76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S234
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 12:30 - 14:30
Grace (Yu) Mou
Lecturer in Law
First Year Tutor
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
  • Email: ym19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S227
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:00 - 17:00

Scott Newton
Reader in Laws of Central Asia
Departmental REF Coordinator
LLM & MA Law, Development & Globalisation Convenor
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
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S330
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00
Paul O'Connell
Reader in Law
Associate Director of Research (Social Sciences)
Staff Silhouette

Public Law, Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights), Legal Theory, Comparative Law and International Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4712
  • Email: po5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S236
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 14:00 - 16.00

Lutz Oette
Senior Lecturer in Law
Departmental REF Coordinator
LLM Human Rights, Conflict & Justice and MA Human Rights Law Convenor
Departmental Pro Bono Tutor
Lutz Oette

Public international law; human rights, particularly prohibition of torture; victims' rights and reparation; human rights, law reform and justice in Sudan; international refugee law

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4727
  • Email: lo8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S226
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11.30-13.30
Emilia Onyema
Reader in International Commercial Law
Associate Director of Student Welfare
Emilia Onyema

International arbitration (commercial and investment); OHADA law; Commercial contracts; International sale of goods; International carriage of goods; Nigerian customary laws.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4717
  • Email: eo3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S341
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 17.30-18.30 & Wednesday 09.30-10.30

Kanika Sharma
Lecturer
Senior Status LLB Tutor
Kana Sharma

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

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4657
  • Email: ks72@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S339
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 13.30-15.30
Nimer Sultany
Senior Lecturer in Public Law
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Programmes Convenor (MA)
Nimer Sultany

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
  • Email: ns30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2018/19)

Mayur Suresh
Lecturer in Law
Final Year Tutor (Term 1)
NALSAR Coordinator
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: ms148@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S333
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 (2018/19)
Carol G. S. Tan
Head, School of Law
Professor of Law
Department Meeting - Chair
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
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S131
  • Academic Support Hours: by prior appointment

Lynn Welchman
Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa
LLM and MA Islamic Law Convenor
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor
Postgraduate Research Programme Convenor (Term 1)
Lynn Welchmann
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10:30 - 12:30
Sanzhu Zhu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (LLM)
Sanzhu Zhu

Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and futures markets; civil procedure and dispute resolution in China, particularly securities disputes.


Emeritus Professors

Anthony Dicks
Emeritus Professor
Staff Silhouette

QC Laws of the People’s Republic of China; traditional Chinese law, international law; commercial law; legal history; laws of Hong Kong

Peter Muchlinski
Emeritus Professor
Professor of International Commercial Law
Peter Muchlinski
The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.
  • Email: pm29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S225
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 15.00 - 15.30

Michael J E Palmer
Emeritus Professor
Michael Palmer

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

Werner Menski
Emeritus Professor
Werner Menski
Classical and modern Hindu law; Muslim Law; Laws of South Asia; Family law; Comparative law; South Asians in the UK; Immigration law; Ethnic minorities

Senior Fellows

Linda Dobbs
Senior Fellow
Dobbs Linda -Senior Fellow -  LAW

Former High Court judge Linda Dobbs has joined the School of Law. She will be developing international links, especially in Africa, where she is President of International Lawyers for Africa. Through Linda’s work, SOAS has already developed links with the University of Cape Town Law department and the University of Ghana, Legon. Linda will develop ideas for projects, including an e-learning Human Rights Course with a focus on Africa for judges and lawyers; contribute to the SOAS law journal, for which she is an honorary editor; and mentor and advise SOAS law students about their future careers.

Geeta Khehar
Senior Fellow
Staff Silhouette

International finance expert Geeta Khehar specialises in financing in developing markets, with a particular focus on Africa. Geeta started collaborating with SOAS last year and has been a guest lecturer on SOAS’ programme in Banking Law and Contract Law. Having worked with many trainee lawyers over the years, Geeta will help to enhance SOAS law students’ academic credentials by providing insight into law in a practical context. Geeta is keen to develop this further and SOAS hopes to create additional guest lectures on our undergraduate and master’s programmes.


Michel Massih
Senior Fellow
Michel Massih QC

Michel Massih QC is one of our most eminent and formidable criminal barristers, with a reputation for courtroom brilliance over three decades in the service of defending a long line of unpopular clients in some of the most notorious murder and terror trials of the day. He has also advised governments regarding the defence of heads of state in international criminal law cases. Michel was the SOAS School of Law 2016 Inception Lecture speaker.

Simeon Obidairo
Senior Fellow
Dr Simeon Obidairo

Dr Obidairo currently practices law as a partner of the firm of Aluko & Oyebode in Lagos. Involvement with SOAS to date: Dr Obidairo is already an active member of the Nigeria SOAS Alumni Association and has this year played an important role in our effort to strengthen our engagement with Nigeria and also with other countries in Africa.


Baiju Vasani
Senior Fellow
Baiju Vasani

MR BAIJU VASANI is an international arbitration lawyer and arbitrator. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations involving ICSID, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, SIAC, UNCITRAL Rules, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), the Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, and public international law. He also has advised states on the negotiation and drafting of treaties and companies in investment structuring.


Senior Teaching Fellows

Michael Bartlet
Senior Teaching Fellow in Law
Academic Misconduct Panel - Chair
Michael Bartlet

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Public Law, Law and Literature

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 074 5074
  • Email: mb108@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S343
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 13:00 - 15:00
Muin Boase
Senior Teaching Fellow
Departmental Pro Bono Tutor
Mooting Tutor
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Public international law, international legal history, international investment law, state immunity, and human rights law

  • Email: mb95@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 10:00 - 11:00


Sarah Elibiary
Senior Teaching Fellow in Islamic Law
Senior Status LLB Tutor (Terms 2 & 3)
Staff Silhouette
  • Email: se10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S343
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15.30 - 16.30 & Tuesday 11.30 - 12.30

Thoko Kaime
Senior Teaching Fellow
Thoko Kaime

Children’s rights, international human rights, climate change, ecosystems services analysis, sustainability analysis, risk analysis and mitigation, African governance issues

Feja Lesniewska
Senior Teaching Fellow
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change and energy law, sustainable development, ecosystems law and governance (forests, land, water), smart energy technologies, cryptocurrencies and transnational environmental law.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 16.30 - 18.00

Peter Leyland
Visiting Professor
Peter Leyland

Specialises in public law and comparative public law. Co-editor of the series Constitutional Systems of the World published by Hart and contributor of the first volume in the series. His research interests fall under the broad headings: UK constitutional law; UK administrative law; comparative public law; Thailand’s constitutional and legal system.  

  • Email: pl3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 & 15:00 - 16:00
Barrie Nathan
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Principal Lecturer on the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers (1998 – 2011).

Hart's Mooting and Oral Skills Senior Teaching Fellow.

  • Email: bn3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 14.00 - 14.30


Birsha Ohdedar
Senior Teaching Fellow
Birsha Ohdedar

Climate Change, Water, International Law, Human Rights

  • Email: bo6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S224
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00 (Term 2 only)



Other Tutors

Sara Bertotti
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

International Human Rights Law; Law and Peace Agreements;Transitional Justice; Women, Peace and Security; International Humanitarian Law; UN human rights mechanisms

Sara Bertotti is the recipient of the e-FileReady Scholarship to complete an MPhil/PhD on Law and Peace Agreements at SOAS.


Gayathri Naik
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Gayathri Naik

Environmental Law, Water Law, Human Rights, Public International Law, Constitutional Law of India, Conflict of Law, Legal Theory, Gender Equality

  • Email: gn9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S225
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 14:00 - 15:00
Simran Kalra
Teaching Fellow
Harsimran Kalra

Gender Justice; Immigration; Law in Context; Legal Pluralism; Law and Religion; Legal Culture; Feminist Legal Theory.

  • Email: hk19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 1300-1400

Sidonia Lucia Kula
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Lucia Kula
My research focuses on how law and gender interacts with national/international instruments and institutions in the protection of (Congolese) refugees against sexual and gender based violence in Angola.
  • Email: lk15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 12.30 - 13.30

Riccardo Labianco
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Riccardo Labianco

International Law of Armed Conflicts, Public International Law, The Relationship between International Relations and International Law, the Middle East.


Visiting Scholars & Research Associates

Youngsung Cho
Visiting Scholar
Staff Silhouette

Graduated Dongguk University (Law school) and has worked as Korea prosecutor during 11years.



Ahmed H Adam
Research Associate
Ahmed H Adam

Mr. Adam is a prominent Sudanese lawyer, scholar and human rights activist. Adam writes opinion pieces and is a regular commentator in many international and Sudanese media outlets, including Foreign Policy, New York Times, Aljazeera English/Arabic, the Guardian, and Huffington Post.


Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Professorial Research Associate
Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Islam and feminism; Islamic family law, politics of gender and family law in Iran and Morocco


Yoriko Otomo
Research Associate
Otomo Yoriko

Environmental law; animal law; international law; legal history; feminist and critical legal theories




Administrative Staff