SOAS University of London

School of Law

School of Law Staff

Head of School

Professor Carol Tan

Academic Staff

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
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
Mashood Baderin
Professor of Law
Undergraduate Programmes Convenor
Undergraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee - Chair
LLM and MA Islamic Law Convenor (Term 2)
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
  • Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday 17:15 - 18:15

Samia Bano
Senior Lecturer in Law
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Term 1)
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: S232
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)
Gunnar Beck
Reader in Law
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: S229
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:00 - 19:00 (T1) Wed 16:30 - 18:30 (T2)

Brenna Bhandar
Senior Lecturer in Law
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
  • Office Hours: On Leave
Ernest Caldwell
Lecturer in Chinese Law
Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
LLM and MA Chinese Law Programme Convenor (Term 1)
Ernest Caldwell

Laws of China and Taiwan; Comparative Constitutional Law; Human Rights in Asia; Law and Visual Culture; Legal History

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4645
  • Email: ec24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S327
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00 (Term 1); 13:00-15:00 (Term 2)

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)
Philippe Cullet
Professor of International and Environmental Law
Departmental Research Committee - Chair
LLM Environmental Law and MA Environmental Law & Sustainable Development Convenor
Postgraduate Upgrade & Award Committee - Chair
Faculty Research Committee Representative
Faculty Promotions Panel
Philippe Cullet
Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4651
  • Email: pcullet@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S338
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00 to 17:00

Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor (Terms 2 & 3)
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
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 16:00 - 18:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)
Ian D Edge
Lecturer in Law
LLM Law in the Middle East & North Africa Programme Convenor
LLM and MA Dispute & Conflict Resolution Programme Convenor
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Terms 2 & 3)
Ian Edge
Islamic law; the general law of Egypt and the Gulf; commercial law in the Middle East; conflict of laws and international transactions.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S342
  • Office Hours: Monday 12:00 - 14:00

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

Financial laws of Arab state jurisdictions; Islamic financial law; legal change and globalisation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S225
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00 - 16:00
Nicholas H D Foster
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
Departmental Learning & Teaching Committee - Chair
LLM and MA International & Comparative Commerical Law Programme Convenor (Term 1)
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.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4666
  • Email: nf4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S133
  • Office Hours: Wed 16:30-18:30 (or contact for appointment)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)

Kate Grady
Lecturer in Law
Staff Silhouette

Criminal law; public international law especially international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, the United Nations, gender, and human rights.

Vanja Hamzić
Senior Lecturer in Legal History and Legal Anthropology
Vanja Hamzić

Islamic Law; Laws of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and the Arab World; Legal Anthropology; Legal Historiography (esp. Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal Law); Human Rights Law; Gender, Sexuality and Law; Legal Theory; Law of Tort; Family Law; Law and Aesthetics/Art; Global Law/Governance.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S336
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 13:30-15:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)

Gina Heathcote
First Year Tutor
LLM Law & Gender Convenor
Senior Lecturer in Law
Widening Participation Liaison
Gina Heathcote

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4406
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11:30 - 13:30
Kevin Jon Heller
Professor of Criminal Law
LLM and MA International Law Convenor
Postgraduate Taught Programmes Convenor
Postgraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee - Chair
Kevin Jon Heller

Criminal Law, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, legal theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4720
  • Email: kh33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S134
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11am-12pm & 3pm-4pm

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
  • Office Hours: Monday 12.00 - 14.00
Paul Kohler
Senior Lecturer in Law
Paul Kohler

Property including land, personal and trusts; Jurisprudence.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4656
  • Email: pk3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S344
  • Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 - 12:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)

Martin W Lau
Professor of South Asian Law
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S337
  • Office Hours: Monday 13:30 - 15:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1,2 & 3 (2016/17 & 2017/18)
Petra Mahy
Lecturer in Law
Departmental Research Newsletter Editor
Undergraduate Deputy Exam Board - Chair (Scrutiny)
Petra Mahy

Comparative Labour law; comparative company law; Legal history; Legal anthropology; Informal norms and institutions.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
  • Email: pm47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S227
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00 - 17:00

Makeen F Makeen
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Programme Convenor (MA)
Final Year Tutor
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
  • Office Hours: Thursday 16:00-18:00
Scott Newton
Lecturer in Laws of Central Asia
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Programme Convenor (LLM)
LLM International Economic Law Convenor, LLM Law, Development & Governance and MA Law , Development & Globalisation Convenor
Faculty Board Representative
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
  • Office Hours: Thursday 15:00-17:00

Paul O'Connell
Reader in Law
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
  • Office Hours: Monday 16:00-18:00
Lutz Oette
Senior Lecturer in Law
Departmental Pro Bono Tutor
LLM Human Rights, Conflict & Justice and MA Human Rights Law Convenor
Lutz Oette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4727
  • Email: lo8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S226
  • Office Hours: Friday 11:30 to 13:30

Emilia Onyema
Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law
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
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical - not available
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)
Yoriko Otomo
Lecturer in Law
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (MA)
Otomo Yoriko

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4707
  • Email: yo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S339
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00

Carol G. S. Tan
Head, School of Law
Professor of Law
Department Meeting - Chair
LLM and MA Law, Culture & Society Programme Convenor
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)20 7898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S131
  • Office Hours: by prior appointment
Kanika Sharma
Senior Teaching Fellow
Deputy Intermediate Year Tutor
Alternative UG Welfare Officer
Senior Status LLB Tutor
Kana Sharma

Nimer Sultany
Senior Lecturer in Public Law
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
  • Office Hours: By prior appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)
Mayur Suresh
Lecturer in Law
LLB Senior Status Tutor
Postgraduate Deputy Exam Board - Chair (Scrutiny)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4646
  • Email: ms148@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S333
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00

Lynn Welchman
Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa
LLM and MA Islamic Law Convenor (Terms 1 & 3)
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor (Terms 1 & 3)
Staff Silhouette
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
  • Office Hours: Thursday 12:30 - 14:30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2016/17)
Sanzhu Zhu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (LLM) (Term 2 & 3)
LLM and MA Chinese Law Convenor (Term 2 & 3)
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4667
  • Email: sz8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S328
  • Office Hours: Thursday 13:00 - 15:00
  • On Sabbatical: Term 1 (2016/17)

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.

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 (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019)
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 (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019)
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.


Senior Teaching Fellows

Michael Bartlet
Senior Teaching Fellow in Law
Undergraduate Welfare Tutor
Academic Misconduct Panel - Chair
Michael Bartlet
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 5074
  • Email: mb108@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S343
  • Office Hours: Friday 13:00-15:00 (by appointment please)
Gail Price
Senior Teaching Fellow in Law
Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
Departmental GTA Tutor
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4660
  • Email: gp10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S343
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 (by prior appointment)

Muin Boase
Senior Teaching Fellow
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (LLM) (Term 1)
Mooting Tutor
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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



Feja Lesniewska
Senior Teaching Fellow
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change, sustainable development, energy (renewables and bioenergy), ecosystems (forests, water, land), international environmental law and governance, human and indigenous peoples rights, legal, economic and social theory and research methods in the digital age.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law - S231 , CISD - 4431
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00

Peter Leyland
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

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: S231
  • Office Hours: Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 -18:00
David McIlroy
Visiting Professor
David McIrloy
Banking Law; Insolvency Law; Employment Law; Legal Theory; Theology of Law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 3735 8025
  • Email: dm7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S224
  • Office Hours: By Appointment only

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.

Colin Paul
Senior Teaching Fellow (Visiting)
Staff Silhouette

Senior Teaching Fellow (Visiting)

Solicitor – non practising

Consultation Board member of Practical Law Finance.

Specialises in financial law relating to the International Banking and Capital Markets and derivatives.


Iain Scobbie
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice


Other Tutors



Mimi Ajibadé
Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

International corporate governance; Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and capital markets; Africa-China relations and the role of law.

Christopher Argyris
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Christopher Argyris

Theories of secession clash territorial integrity of states against self-determination of peoples. Are secession cases sui generis, or can we explain why some statehood bids succeed where others fail?


Yuan Qiong Hu
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Hu Yuan Qiong

Working Title: Transforming Patent Paradigm for Essential Health Innovation: Alternative Conceptual Framework Building towards Open Innovation


Sheri A. Labenski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sheri Labenski

Originally from New York, Sheri joined SOAS in 2013. Before London, she spent four years (2009-2013) in Cairo, Egypt attending The American University in Cairo. She moved to Cairo to study Arabic in The American University’s Department of Arabic Language Instruction, Arabic Language Intensive Program. After completing a year of course work she then enrolled as a Master student in the Law Department, focusing on human rights, gender, and international criminal law. She also received her Graduate Diploma in Gender and Justice.






Miyase Yavuz
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Miyase Yavuz

The Role of Ijtihād in Family Law Reforms of Modern Muslim-Majority States: A Case Study of Morocco


Visiting Academics

Abdulbari Altamni
Visting scholar
Dr Abdulbari Altamni

Law of treaties especially international multilateral treaties, Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law and Muslim States Practice of International Law.




Research Professors

Research Associates

Mimi Ajibadé
Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

International corporate governance; Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and capital markets; Africa-China relations and the role of law.


Muin Boase
Senior Teaching Fellow
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (LLM) (Term 1)
Mooting Tutor
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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


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



Administrative Staff

Raksha Bhanderi
Academic Department Officer - Finance & Contracts
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4402
  • Email: rb47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S221
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Christine Djumpah
Academic Department Officer - Events, Research and Website
Christine Djumpah
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4402
  • Email: cd15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S221
  • Office Hours: Wednesday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Lucy King
Academic Department Officer (Postgraduate)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4485
  • Email: lk13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S221
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Emma Perry
Academic Departmental Officer (Undergraduate - Maternity Cover)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4413
  • Email: ep32@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S221
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm