SOAS University of London

School of Law

Scott Newton

BA(Berkeley) JD MPA(Harvard)
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Scott Newton
School of Law

LLM International Economic Law Convenor, LLM Law, Development & Governance and MA Law , Development & Globalisation Convenor (Term 2 & 3)

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Centre Chair, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

Centre for Asian Legal Studies

CEAL Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Human Rights Law


Scott Newton
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Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Bakhtiyor Abdulhamidov,
  • Clare Williams, Law as a Determinant of External Finance: Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka
  • Jonathan Bashi , Regional Developmentalism and the Use of Law to Support the Establishment of an African Economic Community
  • Kari Lipschutz, Working title: "Rentier Law: Access to Environmental Justice in Nigeria"
  • Manar Idriss , Working Title: The Responsibility to Protect: A critical look at the international community’s response to Sudan’s conflicts


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Regional Expertise
  • Africa
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan


Authored Books

Newton, Scott (2017) The Constitutional Systems of the Independent Central Asian States. London: Bloomsbury.

Newton, Scott (2014) Law and the Making of the Soviet World: the Red Demiurge. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.


Newton, Scott (2007) 'Law and Power in Rwanda in the Shadow of the Genocide'. Journal of Comparative Law, (2) 1, pp 151-171.

Newton, Scott (2006) 'Constitutionalism and Imperialism sub specie Spinozae'. Law and Critique, (17) 3, pp 325-355.

Newton, Scott (2000) 'The Political Institutions of Tajikistan in the Wake of the General Agreement and the National Reconciliation Commission'. SOAS Working Papers.

Newton, Scott (2000) 'Transplantation and Transition: Legality and Legitimacy in Kazakhstani Legislative Process'. SOAS Working Paper.

Book Chapters

Newton, Scott (2010) 'Postwar to New World Order and Post-Socialist Transition: 1989 as Pseudo-Event'. In: Johns, Fleur and Joyce, Richard and Pahuja, Sundhya, (eds.), Events: The Force of International Law. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Newton, Scott (2008) 'Law and Development, Law and Economics, and the Fate of Legal Technical Assistance'. In: Otto, Jan-Michiel and Ryan, Danny, (eds.), Lawmaking for Development: Explorations into the Theory and Practice of International Legislative Projects. Leiden University Press: Leiden, pp 23-52.

Newton, Scott (2006) 'The Dialectics of Law and Development'. In: Trubek, D. M. and Santos, A., (eds.), The New Law and Economic Development: a Critical Appraisal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 174-202.

Newton, Scott (2003) 'Transplantation and Transition: Legality and Legitimacy in the Kazakhstani Legislative Process'. In: Galligan, D. J. and Kurkchiyan, M., (eds.), Law and Informal Practices: the Post-Communist Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 151-170.

Newton, Scott (2003) 'Post-Communist Legal Form: the Elision of the Political'. In: Perry-Kessaris, A. and Hatchard, J., (eds.), Law and Development: Facing Complexity in the 21st Century: Essays in honour of Peter Slinn. London: Cavendish Publishing.

Zoir, Rahmatillo and Newton, Scott (2001) 'Constitutional and legislative reform'. Constitutional Resources: Accord Issue 10. London: Constitutional Resources, pp 54-59.


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