SOAS University of London

2020 SOAS SoL Postgraduate Colloquium

29 January 2020


2020 SOAS Postgraduate Colloquium

"Changing Dimensions of Rule of Law: From Theory to Practice" 

The 19th century concept of rule of law by AV Dicey has always been dynamic, expanding its horizons beyond public law. The technological advancements, digital transformations, climate change driven environmental challenges, universalisation of human rights and consequent expansions of legal frameworks has necessitated re-thinking, re-conceiving and re-conceptualisation of the hitherto understanding of rule of law. This vibrant and transitional character of rule of law has raised several questions, calling for intellectually challenging debates in scholarship to match its evolving nature.

We therefore welcome contributions to SOAS Law PhD Colloquium 2020 covering a range of issues, including (but are certainly not limited to):

Scope, rationale and understanding of rule of law in 21st century.
Pillars of rule of law.
Internationalisation of rule of law.
Religion, gender and rule of law.

This one-day Colloquium on 10 June 2020 aims to bring together PhD scholars to share their ideas, experience and present their work in a stimulating environment. The Committee welcomes abstracts from students addressing the broader theme of Rule of Law. This Colloquium is open to all PhD students irrespective of the stage of research, dissertation or topic.


Please send abstracts not longer than 500 words to by Friday 6 March 2020. Submissions sent should be accompanied by a short CV no more than two pages on key research achievements to date (conference presentation, funding, publications etc).

We aim to notify successful applicants in the second week of March 2020. Selected participants will be required to provide a summary of the argument they wish to present at the colloquium (no more than 2000 words) by 20 May 2020 to give the discussants time to prepare.


Registration is free. We may be able to provide some limited travel grants for participants from the UK and Europe who would not otherwise be able to attend. We will follow up with accepted applicants on the process to apply for this funding.