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.