Undergraduate Deputy Admissions Tutor
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Dr Ernest Caldwell
- Email address:
- +44 (0)207 898 4645
- Senate House
- Office No:
- Office Hours:
- Monday 14:00-16:00 (Term 1); 13:00-15:00 (Term 2)
Ernest Caldwell joined the SOAS law faculty in 2012 as Lecturer in Chinese Law. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in legal history, Sinology, Chinese literature, and Asian legal systems. Ernest specialises in the study of Chinese and Taiwanese law, human rights in Asia, and comparative constitutional law. His current book project examines the history of the Control Yuan (監察院) in China and Taiwan from the perspectives of constitutional design and constitutional change.
In addition to his work on modern law, Ernest actively researches and publishes on topics related to the formation of early Chinese legal thought.
Ernest’s research on traditional and contemporary Chinese legal and political thought has been published in edited volumes and several journals including the Law and History Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, Max Weber Studies, and Early China. He previously served as Vice-president of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Legal History and the associate journal editor for Comparative Legal History.
At SOAS, Ernest offers an undergraduate survey of Chinese law covering the late imperial period to the present. He also offers several postgraduate courses on Chinese constitutionalism, human rights in China, and Taiwanese law. He is happy to advise MA/LLM dissertations on topics related to these fields.