SOAS Law Society

ELECTION RESULTS - SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee

Many thanks to all who have voted and partaken in selecting their preferred candidates for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee!


After a charged electoral process, we are pleased to announce the successful candidates are: 

President: Ancuta Faur

Vice President: Shu Cean Chua

Treasurer: Tashfina Zina Rahman

Alumni Relations Officer: Anna Csepanyi

Socials Officer: Khadija Sukhera

Pro Bono Officer: Ellen Allde

Careers Officer: Marina Filina

Bar Officer: Cecelia Kustermann

Non-Law Officer: Anahita Parsa

Congratulations to the elected committee! We wish you the very best over the coming year!

VOTE NOW! SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee

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We are pleased to announce that elections are now open for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee! 

Many thanks to all who have nominated themselves and provided manifestos! 

You can view manifestos and vote for your preferred candidates using the following link:

If you are interested in voting (including non-law students), please follow the following instructions: 

  1. Follow this link:
  2. If you are not enrolled on this page, click 'Click here to enrol' to self-enrol yourself onto this page. 
  3. Scroll down to the 'Law Society 2018/19' header to view the candidates' manifestos and use the voting link to submit your vote.  

Deadline for votes: 12:00PM Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

We wish you all the best with voting and the electoral process generally, may the best candidates win!

The Age of Human Rights is Over

Chair's Note:

From Conspiracy Theories to Demanding Millenials... Human Rights is not something that can be fit into a timeline with the word ‘Age’ #sorrynotsorry – I think it is safe to say that the evening confirmed that Age of Human Rights is most certainly NOT Over! A special thank you to our Panellists for an inspiring debate!

Best Wishes,

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Can we still validate the notion from Kofi Annan in 2000, that this is the Age of Human Rights? Or do the global atrocities committed since 2000 speak otherwise?

Some Scholars argue that Human Rights are simply a locomotive for the White Saviour Complex. Others, that the highpoint of Human Rights occurred in the end of the Cold War and opened up a window of opportunity for Human Rights advocates to push for the implementation of International Law and the creation of global courts. But was this just a brief hiatus? Why has ISIL not been held accountable for Human Rights Abuses? Why has Bashar-Al-Assad not been tried in a court of law?

Is it then safe to say that States use the term Human Rights as a way to manipulate foreign policy however they seem fit? Has the UN failed to fulfil its promise? With the scandalous US President what will happen to the Age of Human Rights? 

It is with great pleasure that the SOAS Law Society invites you to a Debate Panel Discussion upon the notion ‘The Age of Human Rights is Over.’ on Friday 9th March 2018 in the BGLT from 7pm-8:30pm. The event will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the Brunei Suite. 

Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers
Keina practices in the areas of Media Law, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Actions against the Police and Court of Protection.  She also specialises in international human rights law. She is currently junior counsel acting on behalf of a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. During the summer she was junior counsel in the Foster v McNicol case representing the Labour Party.

Keina has particular expertise in women’s human rights, including VAWG, CEDAW, sexual and reproductive rights and LGBT rights. She is part of the Doughty Street International team and sits as an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. 

Moataz El Fegiery, Front Line Defenders
Moataz El Fegiery is the protection coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Front Line Defenders, El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) , MENA deputy director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice and senior teaching fellow in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was also a research fellow at the Foundation of International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE). El Fegiery is the treasurer and member at the executive committee of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2006 and board member of CIHRS. He is the author of Islamic Law, Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).

Jurate Guzeviciute, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
Jurate is a lawyer with nine years of experience in national and international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law work. Currently Jurate works for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, where she covers the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Before joining IBAHRI Jurate worked as a Legal Director at the human rights NGO in Lithuania, where she managed legal programmes and supervised litigation work. Jurate has lead strategic litigation on domestic violence, discrimination, disability rights, inclusive education, rights of unaccompanied minors (illegal detention), hate speech, etc. She has conducted research into rights of hate crime victims, gender equality, state guaranteed legal aid. Jurate holds an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a Master of Laws degree from Vilnius University (Lithuania).
Jurate has also worked with a defence team at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and interned at the DG Humanitarian Aid at the European Commission in Brussels.

Chair: Rushnay Sikander (Non-Law Officer) 

Register here for a ticket:  

Nominations for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 are Open!

It has been a busy year and we hope that we have provided you all with opportunities to engage with us and that you have made the most of such opportunities!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the SOAS Law Society's 2018/19 committee are now open. A document containing role descriptions is attached in PDF form and interested students should ensure they use this document to nominate themselves for the role most suitable to them. 

Please note the following: 

  • All roles are open to either LLB Law students or BA Law and ... students. The role of Non-Law officer is open to BA or BSc students across all departments at SOAS. 
  • All roles are restricted to students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (where applicable) years. Students who are currently in their 1st year of study, who will be in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years by the 2018/19 academic year are welcome to apply. 
  • The role of President is only open to 3rd year students. 
  • The role of Technology Officer should desirably have website and graphic design skills. 

Deadline for nominations: 11 March, 2018.

Elections will be open from 12 March, 2018 until 22 March, 2018. Following this, the current (2017/18) committee will hand over all SOAS Law Society functions to the incoming (2018/19) committee. 

Best of luck to the nominees! 

The Carbolic Smoke Ball - SOAS Law Society


The SOAS Law Society cordially invites you to 

The Carbolic Smoke Ball

Join us on Friday, February 23, as we dance the night away at The Law Society on Chancery Lane. There will be food, drinks, and all your favourite people on this special night.

Buy your tickets now online via the Student Union Website. There are drinking and non-drinking tickets available, as well as tickets for non-SOAS students. We've also got a SPECIAL promo offer: If you buy 5 tickets at once, you get an extra 1 free!* So make sure you invite your friends, your loved ones, and your crush to the Ball!


After purchasing your ticket(s), please fill out this Google Form. Only names that appear on the Google Form will be allowed into the event.

*Please note that IDs will be checked at the door. The promo offer does not apply to non-SOAS students. To qualify for the promo, please purchase five tickets and fill out the Google Form, adding the sixth name in the 'Full Name of Ticket Holder(s)' box. Remember to click 'going' on our Facebook Event to stay updated!


Global Food Fair - Fundraiser Hosted by LawSoc

Join the SOAS Law Society at our Global Food Fair at 7PM (30th November) in the JCR

You'll find a wide variety of foods to enjoy including Manakeesh, Biryani, Efo Riro, Pandan Cake, Tiramisu, and more!

Come support the Law Society and fill up your plate (and tummy) as much as you can for £5 and refills for £2 (cash)! 

Grab a free plate of food if you bring a dish to share!

We are raising money to support the SOAS Law Society in holding more events this year to cater to your diverse interests!

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SOAS Law Society Training Contract Document


The SOAS Law Society has prepared a document containing details of most if not all training contracts (2020 start date), including information about deadlines, application processes, academic requirements etc. Having prepared a similar document detailing the summer deadlines, we received positive feedback and decided to produce an updated version for this year's applicants. 

We hope this will provide an accessible, convenient, and efficient medium through which you can decide which law firms to apply to and proceed with the applications accordingly. 

You can access the Training Contract document here: