Mrs Rachel Nir

Senior Lecturer

Lancashire Law School

Harris Building, HB203

+44 (0) 1772 89 3945

Rachel joined the Law School in 1999 as a Senior Lecturer having worked as a litigator and regulatory lawyer in the City. Her key interest is in human rights at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She was appointed to the Law Society’s Equality and Diversity Committee in 2013 as one of only two academics selected for this role. She is an external examiner for the Legal Practice Course and a long time external examiner for various human rights courses in the HE sector.

Full Profile


1988 LLB 2:1 Nottingham University

1989 Law Society Finals

2009 LLM by Research: Combat immunity: does the law strike a justifiable balance between the state’s protection of its self declared definition of national security and the customary rights of the individual soldier?


Solicitor of the Supreme Court


The Fairness Project: researching and teaching students how to negotiate the barriers to entry and progression within the legal profession whilst developing their awareness of how to be fair employers of the future


Rachel is interested in human rights and is happy to supervise at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has a particular interest in soldiers' rights and also in current equality and diversity law. Current postgraduate supervisions include comparative international law on terrorism; an evaluation of the legal treatment of soldiers under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme; the effect of the development of Sharia law in both Family and Probate practice in the UK; and the international community’s response to crimes of sexual violence perpetrated by soldiers during conflicts.


2015: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Hong Kong – Workshop with Tina McKee on the Fairness Project: tackling the barriers to entry and progression in the legal profession.

2008-2012: Honorarium Cambridge University: Civil-Military Relations and The Law workshop for Army officers and NCOs.

2009: Conference paper at the International Military Ethics Conference (“ISME”), San Diego 2009

External Activities

Member of the Law Society Equality and Diversity Committee
Working groups for:  Diversity and Inclusion Charter review

Re-design of student Diversity Access Scheme

SRA proposals for Competence assessment

Rachel's interest in human rights is reflected in involvement in educational charities focused on access to education for disadvantaged children.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Rachel teaches/supervises across a range of courses from the Law Foundation Access course to HE to the LLB and the LLM (by research.) Modules include:

Foundations in human rights

Human rights in the UK

Terrorism and the law

Legal research and reasoning

Business law and practice

Professional conduct for solicitors

Rachel is the Year 2 Leader on the LLB and is also the Careers and Employability tutor for Years 1 and 2. She is the School's Legal Placements Co-ordinator