SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Dr Ernest Caldwell

BA (Alabama), LLM (Singapore), MA (Kansas), PhD (Chicago)
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Overview

Ernest Caldwell
China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Associate Director of Teaching Quality (UG and PGT)

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Member (CALS)

Centre for Human Rights Law

Member (CHRL)

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Member (CTS)

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Member (CSEAS)

Name:
Dr Ernest Caldwell
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+44 (0)207 898 4645
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Senate House
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S327
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Biography

Ernest Caldwell (康佩理) is a historian specialising in early and medieval Chinese law. Ernest joined SOAS in 2012 as Lecturer in Chinese Law. In 2020, he transferred to the School of East Asian Languages and Cultures and currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies. Ernest obtained a BA in Asian History, an MA in Premodern Chinese Literature, and an LLM in Contemporary Asian Legal Studies. He completed his PhD at the University of Chicago after studying Chinese palaeography, excavated manuscript culture, and early Chinese legal history. His dissertation examining the linguistic features of legal statutes in early imperial Chinese excavated manuscripts formed the basis of his first book Writing Chinese Laws: The form and function of legal statutes found in the Qin Shuihudi corpus  (Routledge 2018).

In addition to his work on imperial Chinese law, Ernest has also published extensively on the modern legal histories of China and Taiwan. He is particularly interested in histories of constitutional change and in legislative aspects of transitional justice in Taiwan. In 2019, the Washington International Law Journal published a special issue of responses to Ernest’s 2018 article “Transitional Justice Legislation in Taiwan Before and During the Tsai Administration”. 

Ernest’s research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Early China, Chicago-Kent Law Review, Washington Journal of International Law, and Law and History Review, as well as several contributions to edited volumes. 

In EALC, Ernest teaches Classical Chinese as well as undergraduate and postgraduate modules on premodern China. He is happy to advise undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students on any aspect of Chinese and Taiwanese law and premodern Chinese history/literature/culture.

Teaching

Research

Chinese law (traditional and modern); Chinese palaeography; Chinese manuscript culture; Taiwanese law

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Publications

Authored Books

Caldwell, Ernest (2018) Writing Chinese Laws: The Form and Function of Legal Statutes Found in the Qin Shuihudi Corpus. Abingdon: New York: Routledge.

Articles

Caldwell, Ernest (2019) 'Preface: Promoting Taiwan's Transitional Justice Experience'. Washington International Law Journal, (28) 3, pp 605-608.

Caldwell, Ernest (2018) 'Transitional Justice Legislation in Taiwan Before and During the Tsai Administration'. Washington International Law Journal, (27) 2, pp 449-484.

Caldwell, Ernest (2017) 'Widening the Constitutional Gap in China and Taiwan: History, Reform, and the Transformation of the Control Yuan'. University of Illinois Law Review, (2017) 2, pp 739-766.

Caldwell, Ernest (2014) 'Social Change and Written Law in Early Chinese Legal Thought'. Law and History Review, (32) 1, pp 1-30.

Caldwell, Ernest (2014) 'Promoting Action in Early Chinese Political Philosophy: A First Look at the Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscript Cao Mie’s Battle Arrays'. Early China, (37), pp 259-289.

Caldwell, Ernest and Chang, Xiangqun and Leoussi, Athena and Whimster, Sam (2014) 'Editorial on Max Weber and China: Culture, Law, and Capitalism'. Max Weber Studies, (14) 2, pp 137-145.

Caldwell, Ernest (2012) 'Horizontal Rights and Chinese Constitutionalism: Judicialization through Labor Disputes'. Chicago-Kent Law Review, (88) 1, pp 63-91.

Caldwell, Ernest and Nardin, Terry (2012) 'Introduction: Methodological Approaches to Asian Constitutionalism'. Chicago-Kent Law Review, (88) 1, pp 3-10.

Edited Books or Journals

Caldwell, Ernest and Chang, Xiangqun and Leoussi, Athena and Whimster, Sam, (eds.), (2014) Max Weber and China: Culture, Law, and Capitalism, Part 1. Special Issue of Max Weber Studies 14.1. Berlin: Quotus Publishing.

Caldwell, Ernest and Chang, Xiangqun and Leoussi, Athena and Whimster, Sam, (eds.), (2014) Max Weber and China: Culture, Law, and Capitalism, Part 2. Special Issue of Max Weber Studies 14.2. Berlin: Quotus Publishing.

Caldwell, Ernest and Nardin, Terry, (eds.), (2012) Methodological Approaches to Asian Constitutionalism. Symposium Issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Chicago: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Book Chapters

Caldwell, Ernest (2019) 'The Control Yuan and Human Rights in Taiwan: Towards the Development of a National Human Rights Institution?'. In: Alford, William and Cohen, Jerome and Lo, Chang-fa, (eds.), Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation. Singapore: Springer, pp 155-172.

Caldwell, Ernest (2017) 'Chinese Constitutionalism: Five-Power Constitution'. In: Grote, Rainer and Lachenmann, Frauke and Wolfrum, Rüdiger, (eds.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Caldwell, Ernest (2015) 'Opportune Moments in Early Chinese Strategic Thought: The Concept of ji 機 in the Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscript Cao Mie’s Battle Arrays'. In: Lorge, Peter and Roy, Kaushik, (eds.), Chinese and Indian Warfare: The Classical Age to 1870. London: Routledge, pp 17-31.

Book Reviews

Caldwell, Ernest (2020) 'Review of Shang Yang, The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China Edited and translated by Yuri Pines. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.'. Journal of Chinese History, (4) 1, pp 223-225.

Caldwell, Ernest (2014) 'Review of Mike MacConville and Eva Pils eds., 'Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China''. China Quarterly, (216), pp 1078-1080.

Caldwell, Ernest (2011) 'Review of Wong Yun-Bor. Autonomy and Protection of Fundamental Rights in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region'. Asian Journal of International Law, (1) 2, pp 423-424.

Other

Caldwell, Ernest (2015) 'Visualising Constitutionalism in China (Online)' Law and Development: Thinking Into / About Practice. University of Kent Law School.

 

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