Nkem Adeleye


Dr. Nkem Adeleye is a Senior Lecturer in Law/Programme Lead at Newman University Law School. She has an LLB (Hons), an LLM in International Human Rights and a for her PhD thesis, she conducted a comparative study on the prevalence of the death row phenomenon in the USA and Japan. She has previously worked in immigration law as a Legal Representative and as part of her LLM programme she worked as an intern with the Southern Centre for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research interests include the death row phenomenon, international human rights, prisoners’ rights and modern slavery. She has expertise in teaching a wide range of core and optional law modules like equity and trusts, tort law, medical law, public law, international human rights, dispute resolution, research methods and English legal system. She has experience in Masters and PhD supervision, and PhD viva examinations. Nkem is an external examiner for University of Essex and an external adviser to University of Chichester. Nkem has sat as a Conference Chair for Applied Research International Conference (ARICON) group at Oxford University and in Dubai.

She is an advocate for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty and has presented papers at both national and international events including the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been nominated for several awards including the Dean’s Award for ‘Law Lecturer of the Year;’ ‘Law School Personal Tutor of the Year’; and Extra Mile awards for ‘Inspirational Teacher of the Year’ and ‘Engaging and Inspiring Teacher of the Year’.
Nkem is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, Birmingham Law Society and Midlands ARC.


Research Interests

The death row phenomenon, international human rights, prisoners’ rights, modern slavery, Equity and Trusts and Tort Law.


International Human Rights, Tort Law, Equity and Trusts, English Legal System, Public Law, Medical Law, Dispute Resolution and Remedies. Administrative Responsibilities

Programme Lead

Membership of Professional Organisations
Birmingham Law Society
Society of Legal Scholars
Midlands ARC
Fellow HEA


Conferences and Other Research Activity

  • PhD Research supervision titled, “Root causes of human trafficking of women and children and the solutions to combat it: A study and experience focusing on West Africa.” Second Supervisor
  • Mock Viva Examiner for PhD thesis “The Universal Periodic Review and its Engagement with Islam and the Death Penalty.”

External Examiner for PhD Viva titled ‘Can Indigenous Jurisprudence be the Key to Unlocking the problems in the State-controlled Nigerian Criminal Justice System’, Anglia Ruskin University, Oct, 2021.

Conference Papers

“A Shift towards a Student-Centred Approach: Managing group presentations in large workshops.” BLSS Staff Conference, 18 April 2019.

“Combating Modern Slavery: An examination of legal frameworks and enforcement strategies.” ARICON Conferences, Dubai, 20 February 2019.

“The Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on the Law of Negligence”, Society of Legal Scholars, Dublin, Ireland, 5 September 2017.

“The Death Row Phenomenon in the USA and Japan: A Violation of International Human Rights Law”, British Society of Criminology Conference,  Leicester 13 July 2010.

“The Death Row Phenomenon: Towards Universal Abolition”, 61st United Nations Commission on Human Rights Conference, 8 April 2005.

Other Forms of Research/Scholarship

Conference Chair, Applied Research International Conference on World Economic & Social Review, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, U.K., 2019.

Conference Chair, Applied Research International Conferences, Dubai 2019.

Other Activities


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Adeleye, N. The Jurisprudence of the death row phenomenon, 58 San Diego Law Review (2022)

Adeleye, N., Richardson-Oakes, N. & Killingley, J. California’s Civil Grand Juries and Prison Conditions 2007-17, 57 San Diego L. Rev 3 (2020)


Chapters in Books

Pepple. D and Adeleye. N (2020). Managing disciplinary and grievance cost in Pepple, D. G. and Zhang. C. (Eds.) Managerial and Financial Aspects of HRM (1st ed.) Emerald Publishing Group (2020)

Adeleye, N (2019) Combating Modern Slavery: An Examination of Legal Frameworks and Enforcement Mechanisms on Non-state Actors in Applied Research International Conferences Proceedings, ISBN 9781789722185

Adeleye, N (2012) Notes on Capital Punishment in Japan in Randall Coyne and Lyn Enzeroth, (eds) Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process, (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press)

An Amicus Curiae brief, requesting a writ of certiorari for Kevin Stanford, The Unconstitutionality of Juvenile Executions in USA. (2002)

Non-refereed Journal Articles

Koch, H and Adeleye, N. (2019) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder–Contemporary Analysis of Medico-Legal Evidential Issues. (2019) The Expert Witness Journal, ISSN 2397-2777.

Koch, H. and Adeleye, N. (2019) Psychological Injury, Cyber Crime and Data Breach Damages The Expert Witness Journal, ISSN 2397-2769