Tutor Q&A – Mrs Racheal Ita, Lecturer in Law

On which programmes and modules do you teach?

“I currently teach on the LLB and LLM (including specialist pathways) programmes, specifically on modules related to public international law, international human rights law and administrative law.”

What is your professional background and experience?

“I began my legal career in Nigeria, qualifying as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Whilst in Nigeria I practised for a while as a legal officer in a State Ministry of Justice and dealt with criminal matters.

“However, I wanted to engage in further studies, particularly in the area of commercial law, and so I undertook the LLM in Commercial Law at the University of Derby – I completed with a distinction in 2010. I was then given the opportunity to work as an associate lecturer in Derby Law School and I became involved in curriculum design.

“Outside of my work as an academic, I support many charities, including Hope for Justice, which deals with victims of human trafficking, and Unwana-Oro Christian Medical Centre, which provides free medical services for people in Ekim Village, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. The work of this charity is particularly important to me as I have family from that area of the country.”

What research or other non-teaching projects are you currently involved in?

“In order to further my knowledge in international law/human rights law, I began and am still undertaking, a PhD in international law with a focus on the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights. I am also the Editor in Chief of the Derby Law Journal.”

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“I enjoy the opportunity to transfer knowledge by engaging in discussions with students. I also enjoy advising and building the confidence of those who are trying to decide on a career path because I benefitted from this whilst studying here.”

What key piece of career advice would you give to today’s law students?

“Never give up. If you haven’t yet got the ‘ideal job’ you desire, keep pushing the doors and don’t give up after the first attempt. You have what it takes to be successful but it will not come without hard work. Put in a lot of effort and take pride in your work. There is no one, apart from yourself, that can limit the dreams you can achieve.”

Law lecturer Rachael Ita standing at a whiteboard teaching “I began my legal career in Nigeria, qualifying as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria...I practised for a while as a legal officer in a State Ministry of Justice and dealt with criminal matters."

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