Staff profile

Rachael Ita

Lecturer in Law




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



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:

Postgraduate teaching responsibility - Module leader for

Professional interests

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:

Research interests

My broad research interests are in the following areas:

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:


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

  • Barrister and Solicitor (Nigerian Bar)


International experience

Additional interests and activities

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

Book Review

Rachael Ita 'On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights'by Conor Gearty (2016) The Times Higher Education 27 October 2016.