Rachael Ita

Rachael Ita

Position: Lecturer in Law

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Derby Law School

Subject area: Law:

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I have been academic at the University of Derby since 2011. I have considerable experience in teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels of study. My dominant areas of teaching have been public international law, administrative law and international human rights law. I have also taught contract law, tort law, employment law, and company law on accounting, media studies and journalism studies courses.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently responsible for the teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Undergraduate teaching responsibility - Module leader for:

  • Public International Law (5/6LA518)
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights (4/5LA500)
  • International Human Rights Law (5/6LA517)

Postgraduate teaching responsibility - Module leader for

  • Public International Law (7LA526)
  • The Law and Investigation of Human Rights violations (7LA527)

Professional interests

I am a qualified barristers and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I was called to the Bar in 2003. I initially practiced as a legal adviser to the Ministry of Justice, Akure where I dealt with criminal matters. I moved on to pursue my academic career at the University of Derby in 2011.

My professional interests lie in:

  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Pedagogy.

Research interests

My broad research interests are in the following areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Interpretation of human rights treaties
  • Administrative Law

My current research interest is in the area of international human rights law. I am particularly considering the relationship between the margin of appreciation doctrine and the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights as a living instrument.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the following associations:

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Society of Legal Scholars


  • LLB
  • BL Barrister and Solicitor (Nigerian Bar)
  • LLM Commercial Law (with Distinction)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD International Human Rights Law (expected)

Recent publications

  • Rachael Ita, 'The Interpretation of the ECHR as a Living Instrument: Demise of the Margin of Appreciation Doctrine? ECtHR Blog, University of Tampere 7 December 2015

Recent conferences

  • 'The Interpretation of the ECHR as a Living Instrument: Demise of the Margin of Appreciation Doctrine?' - Workshop on the European Court of Human Rights for Doctoral Students  - University of Tampere, October 2015 
  • 'The Margin of Appreciation and the Living Character of the European Convention on Human Rights: Comparing Two Incomparable Worlds?' - British Association of Comparative Law Postgraduate Research Workshop on Comparative Law - University of Manchester, May 2014
  • 'The Margin of Appreciation and the Living Instrument Character of the European Court of Human Rights' - New Horizons Conference  - University of Derby, January 2012

Additional interests and activities

  • Singing - I lead a choir 
  • Cycling
  • Mountain climbing

Experience in industry

  • Barrister and Solicitor

International experience

  • Qualified barrister and solicitor of the supreme court of Nigeria.
  • Worked as Legal Adviser - Ministry of Justice, Akure, Nigeria (2003 - 2004)

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