Centre for the Study of 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
  • International regulation of violence

Each of these programmes is responsible for its own research output and for holding events such as conferences, workshops and symposia. The centre is also (together with the LSE) the institutional home of the London Review of International Law,

The centre collaborates with scholars in international law and other disciplines and regularly invites speakers from the governmental and the non-governmental sectors, from private practice, and from the arts and archives to participate in its events.

Meet the members.


Our postgraduate 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.

Contact us

The centre 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 cceil@soas.ac.uk.

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