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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.

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Research initiatives:

Diamond is the author of the monograph The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, which won the Peter Birks/Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2006. Her current projects include a monograph on ‘Social rights and the market: Embedding trade liberalisation in regional labour law’, interrogating the social dimension of regional economic integration: how markets may be embedded within, constituted by, and ameliorated through the ‘social’, in particular by labour law and social policy, with a focus on integration within sub-Saharan Africa.

This research is influenced by ongoing collaborations with Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Prabha Kotiswaran and others to develop an ‘economic sociology of law’, resulting in events and publications such as Towards an Economic Sociology of Law (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), with financial support from the Journal of Law and Society.

Diamond has long worked within the socio-legal tradition and is coordinating a project which explores labour law’s conceptual and normative narrative in light of the continued dominance of informal work in the global South, and increased informalisation in the global North. The related symposium, on Re-imagining labour law for development: informal work in the global North and South, was the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar for 2016. In addition, she is also keen to find ways to bring together law and the humanities, and co-founded a speaker series on Telling stories about law and development, including scholars from political theory, philosophy and sociology. She has also been a visitor to, and is working with scholars in, the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILaH), Melbourne Law School.

Teaching and supervision:

Diamond has taught a variety of EU law- and labour law-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including: Public Law, EU Law, Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union, European Internal Market, European Employment and Equality Law, International Labour Law, International Labour Law and Equality Rights.

She has been Visiting Faculty to Harvard University’s Institute for Global Law and Policy; a Senior Fellow on the Melbourne Law Masters; and faculty member of the King’s College London Transnational Law Summer Institute, 2015 and 2016.



Embedding Trade Liberalisation in Social Policy: Social Regionalism and the Global South’ (2014) 65:3 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 265-281

‘Unravelling the Embedded Liberal Bargain: Labour and Social Welfare Law in the Context of EU Market Integration’ (2013) 19:3 European Law Journal, 303-324

‘Embedding trade liberalization in social policy: Lessons from the European Union?’ (2011) 32:1 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 373-404 (special issue on labour law and development)‘Collective Labour Rights and the European Social Model’ (2009) 3:2 Journal of Law and Ethics of Human Rights, 222-266

‘Multiple Discrimination in a Multicultural Europe: Achieving Labour Market Equality Through New Governance’ (2008) 61:1 Current Legal Problems, 265-288

Chapters in edited collections

‘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

‘Article 15 freedom to choose an occupation and right to engage in work, and Article 29, right of access to placement services’ in Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner and Angela Ward (eds) Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Hart Publishing, 2014

Authored and edited books

Diamond Ashiagbor, Nicola Countouris & Ioannis Lianos (eds) The European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon, Cambridge University Press, 2012

The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, OUP, 2005 (Oxford Monographs on Labour Law)


Tanweer Ali and Diamond Ashiagbor (eds) Full Employment Revisited: Essays on the Economy, People and Fairness, The Work Forum, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9929756-0-9 [collection of essays on labour and employment policy, with contributions from leading economists including Sheila Dow, John Grieve Smith and Geoffrey Harcourt]

‘The Global Financial Crisis: Impact on Labour and Employment Law’, in Peter D Maynard and Neil Gold (eds) Poverty, Justice and the Rule of Law: Report of the Second Phase of the IBA (International Bar Association) Presidential Task Force on the Financial Crisis, International Bar Association 2013