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Professor Diamond Ashiagbor

Senior Associate Research Fellow

BA, MA (Oxon); PhD (European University Institute); Solicitor (England and Wales, non-practising); Postgraduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Oxon). 

Research Interests

Labour/employment law; regional integration (the European Union and the African Union); labour law, trade and development; human rights, equality and multiculturalism; economic sociology of law; socio-legal studies; law and the humanities.

Additional Professional Information

Diamond Ashiagbor is currently Professor of Law at the University of Kent having previously been Professor of Law and Director of Research at IALS University of London, and Professor of Labour Law at SOAS, University of London. She has held visiting positions at Columbia Law School, Melbourne Law School, and Osgoode Hall.

Her current research examines race and the colonial origins of contemporary labour markets and labour law. She has served as Director of Research in SOAS 2010-16, IALS 2016-18, and Kent Law School, 2021-2023. She has been heavily involved in training and mentoring of PhD researchers and early career scholars e.g. Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy, Stellenbosch 2023 and Cape Town 2016; British Academy-funded Socio-Legal Journals Global South Writing Workshops, Accra Ghana, 2023, 2019 and 2018; King’s College London Transnational Law Summer Institute 2016 and 2015.

Grants and Awards

  • British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship 2023, “Reconceptualising Labour Law: Race, Legal Form and the Legacies of Colonialism”
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 2016 SLS Annual Seminar
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, 2013-14
  • Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence, 2011
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship 2002-5
  • Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 2002-3
  • US-EU Fulbright Program, EU Fulbright Research Scholarship, 2000


  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, since 2020
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 2019-25
  • Member of the Editorial Board, European Law Open.


Selected Publications

(with Kerry Rittich) ‘Labour Law and Development’ in Ruth Buchanan, Luis Eslava and Sundhya Pahuja (eds) The Oxford Handbook of International Law and Development, OUP, 2023

‘Race and Colonialism in the Construction of Labour Markets and Precarity’ (2021) 50: 4, Industrial Law Journal, 506-531

‘Theorizing the Relationship Between Social Law and Markets in Regional Integration Projects’ (2018) 27: 4 Social & Legal Studies, 435-455

‘Evaluating the Reflexive Turn in Labour Law’, in Alan Bogg, Cathryn Costello, ACL Davies and Jeremias Prassl (eds) The Autonomy of Labour Law, Hart Publishing, 2015