Professor Diamond Ashiagbor

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Professor Diamond Ashiagbor
BA, MA (Oxon); PhD (European University Institute); Solicitor (England and Wales, non-practising); Postgraduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Oxon).
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Associate Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Kent Law School The University of Kent Canterbury Kent CT2 7NZ
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Africa, Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:

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. 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.

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Related publications/articles:

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02-Dec-2016 “I want my Country Back!”: Equality, Discrimination and Xenophobia after the Referendum

Conference papers

 Brexit and academic citizenship, EUI Working Paper LAW 2016/20, Edited by Christian Joerges

02-Jul-2015 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

01-Dec-2014 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

01-Sep-2014 Embedding Trade Liberalisation in Social Policy: Social Regionalism and the Global South


(2014) 65:3 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 265-281

01-Jul-2013 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

01-Feb-2011 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)

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Feb-2018 Theorising the relationship between social law and markets in regional integration projects


This article explores regional integration projects in the global South and constraints upon them. Its focus is on the use of economic sociology of law as a methodological approach through which to rethink the relationship between law, markets and state - and to explore how these interact in the context of one regionalisation project (the European Union) as well as interrogating whether economic sociology can similarly cast light on another regionalisation project (the African Union). The article examines the role of the 'social state' and of labour market institutions as part of an array of adjustment mechanisms responding to the liberalisation of trade and the opening of national borders: to what extent can social law and social rights mediate the operation of markets, and what does this mean when viewed from the perspective of developing as well as industrialised countries?

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