Position: Lecturer in Law
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Department: Derby Law School
Subject area: Law:
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.
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).
I am a qualified barrister 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:
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.
I am a member of the following associations:
- Nigerian Bar Association
- Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
- Society of Legal Scholars.
- BL Barrister and Solicitor (Nigerian Bar)
- LLM Commercial Law (with Distinction)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- PhD International Human Rights Law (expected).
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
Rachael Ita 'On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights'by Conor Gearty (2016) The Times Higher Education 27 October 2016.
- Rachael Ita, 'The Evolution of the Margin of Appreciation Doctrine: A Case of Diplomacy in International Human Rights Adjudication? - International Conference on Diplomacy and International Relations - University of Derby, September 2016
- Rachael Ita, '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, Finland, October 2015
- Rachael Ita, '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
- Rachael Ita, 'The Margin of Appreciation and the Living Instrument Character of the European Court of Human Rights' - New Horizons Conference - University of Derby, January 2012.
- Mountain climbing.
- Barrister and Solicitor (Nigerian Bar)
- Qualified barrister and solicitor of the supreme court of Nigeria.
- Worked as Legal Adviser - Ministry of Justice, Akure, Nigeria (2003 - 2004)