School of Advanced Study appoints labour law expert, Professor Diamond Ashiagbor

Monday 4 July 2016

An eminent expert in labour law, Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), a leading legal research organisation which is a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS).

A University of Oxford graduate with a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Professor Ashiagbor brings with her an outstanding academic reputation as professor of labour law, a position she has held at SOAS since 2010. She will join IALS on 3 October, taking responsibility for its research promotion and facilitation strategy and research studies programme.

Her research interests have focused on labour/employment law, particularly in the context of regional integration (the European Union and the African Union); trade and development; economic sociology of law; human rights, equality and multiculturalism. Her book The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance (OUP, 2005) won the 2006 Society of Legal Scholars/Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.

She is currently working on ‘Social rights and the market: embedding trade liberalisation in regional labour law’, a research project that is interrogating the social dimension of regional economic integration with sub-Saharan Africa as its focus.

The announcement was made by a panel chaired by Professor Roger Kain, SAS’s dean and chief executive, and which included Professor Fiona Cownie, pro vice-chancellor of Keele University, Professor Alison Diduck, University College London and Jules Winterton, director of IALS.

‘We are delighted to welcome Professor Ashiagbor,’ said Jules Winterton. ‘She will enhance and guide our thriving scholarly community at IALS and help us to fulfil our national mission to facilitate and promote the work of legal researchers across the UK.’

Professor Ashiagbor was previously a Reader in law at University College London, and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, New York, and at the European University Institute in Florence. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2013-14.

A member of the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies and the Executive Committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Professor Ashiagbor also serves on the grants assessment panel of the Economic and Social Research Council.

‘I am delighted to be joining the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies,’ said Professor Ashiagbor, ‘and look forward to working with colleagues there and in the other institutes of SAS, in developing the institute as a vibrant intellectual centre for research in law, and scholarship which brings together law with the humanities as well as social science disciplines.’


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1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London. / 020 7862 8653. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) supports and leads legal research in its broadest sense, both nationally and internationally. Founded in 1947, it houses specialist research centres and innovative partnerships and is home to an active community of researchers, fellows, and postgraduate students. It promotes new research agenda in specialist and interdisciplinary areas of law with direct effect on policy and practice. It provides research training and online services, a meeting place for organisations and legal scholars from around the globe, one of the world’s great legal research libraries, and a busy programme of seminars and public events.

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