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John Adenitire

John Adenitire

Department: Faculty of Law

Supervisor: Professor David Feldman

College: Fitzwilliam College

AHRC Subject Area: Law

Title of Thesis: The Case for a Constitutional Right to Exemption from Legal Obligations on the Ground of Conscientious Objection


I have a law degree from the University of Birmingham and a master’s degree by research from Durham Law School.  I have been awarded several scholarships and prizes.  I have carried out research work at UCL’s Constitution Unit, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Commission on a Bill of Rights.  I have also taught Public Law at the University of Birmingham.

I have presented at several conferences, mainly on the topic of the rule of law, and I have published papers in peer-reviewed journals in the broad area of legal theory and public law. 

My doctoral research is on freedom of conscience and the right to conscientious objection in various controversial settings, including abortion, assisted suicide and same-sex marriage.

Other academic interests

I am interested in various topics in legal theory, in particular the rule of law and the philosophy of human rights.  I have a keen interest in comparative constitutional rights law, constitution drafting and judicial independence.  My ambition is to utilise my research to inform the development of constitutions and to aid reforms in public law and policy.