Dr Nkem Adeleye

Nkem Adeleye Profile


School of Law
+44 (0)121 331 4094

Nkem is a Lecturer in Law. She currently teaches English Legal System and Practice, and Equity and Trusts on the LLB Programme. Her qualifications include an LLB (Hons), an LLM in International Human Rights, and a PhD in Law.

Her PhD thesis was on the existence of the Death Row Phenomenon in the USA and Japan, where she conducted a comparative and analytical study on the temporal element of the phenomenon, an examination of the penological justifications of execution after prolonged incarceration, and an in-depth study of the internal practices and policies such as the secretive Japanese death penalty system and the complex post-conviction process in the USA as factors that trigger delay.

As part of her LLM programme, Nkem worked as an intern in the Southern Centre for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia, where she assisted in the preparation of death penalty trial and post-conviction cases and in class action lawsuits brought by prisoners challenging the unconstitutional conditions of their confinement. 

She has previously worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Birmingham City University, and as a Voluntary Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham Metropolitan College, where she gained experience in teaching Human Rights, Rights Theories, Evidence, Criminal Law, and the Law of Tort.   

She is particularly interested in nation states’ compliance to international human rights standards on execution after prolonged delay.  

Nkem is also currently working on the publication of her PhD thesis where she developed case studies and case analysis of the longest serving death row inmates in Florida and Japan. 

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