Legal Information Management

Research Article

Asian, African and Middle Eastern Legal Materials at SOAS Library

Sarah Spellsa1 c1

a1 School of Oriental and African Studies, 7 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG


Sarah Spells provides information about the SOAS Library, including details of the law collection, services offered, and the challenges faced when dealing with queries about Asian, African and Middle Eastern legal materials.


  • legal systems;
  • Asia;
  • Africa;
  • Middle East;
  • academic law libraries;
  • academic law librarians


c1 Sarah Spells: email, telephone 02078984155, Visit the Law Subject Guide at


Sarah Spells is the Principal Library Assistant for Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has an LLB from Anglia Ruskin University, followed by an MSc in Information Science from City University. She has been working in academic law libraries since 2001. She previously worked at the University of Hertfordshire before joining SOAS in 2003. She is a member of the BIALL Publications Committee, having just joined as an additional Newsletter Editor.