Staff profile

Rachael Ita

Lecturer in Law




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School


Kedleston Road, 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.