Mr Hugo De Rijke

Mr Hugo De Rijke

Associate Professor of Law (Education)

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Mr Hugo De Rijke can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Contract law
  • Media law
  • Law, literature and film
  • Law, art and digital art
  • Obscenity law
  • Copyright law


Hugo de Rijke is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Law. He is also Associate Head for Projects and Marketing at Plymouth Law School.


Hugo graduated from Keele University with a BA in Law and Literature and went on to qualify as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London. He also holds an MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Exeter. Before joining Plymouth University, Hugo practised as a barrister in civil and criminal law. He also worked as a legal publisher, commissioning titles and dealing with copyright issues for several publishing houses. From 2001 he was senior lecturer at both the Institute of Digital Art and Technology and at Plymouth Law School; since 2012 he has been a full time member of staff at Plymouth Law School.

Professional membership

Member of the Bar for England and Wales

Roles on external bodies

Committee Member of the Association of Law Teachers (ALT).



Teaching interests

Contract law; legal skills (advocacy and rhetoric); media law and practice; legal pedagogy; law, literature and film.



Research interests

Legal pedagogy; law, literature and film; media law; copyright law; obscenity law; illegal culture.

Grants & contracts

Funded by ALT and government Department for International Development for a reconnaissance visit to Sierra Leone Law School, Fourah Bay College and Makeni University in Sierra Leone (March 2014) regarding a pro bono legal assistance project, endorsed by the Bar Council.

Follow-up funding obtained from ALT and DFID for a series of pro bono lectures and workshops in Sierra Leone (December 2014). The outcome/findings are to be published in The Law Teacher (2015).



Book chapters:

de Rijke, H. ‘Innovative Teaching Methods Using Film’, in Ashford, C. and Guth, J., eds. The Legal Academic’s Handbook (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 
de Rijke, ‘The Point of Long Noses: Cyrano de Bergerac and Tristram Shandy’ in Representations of the Nose in Literature and Art (London: Middlesex University Press, 2000).

Book Reviews:

McLeod, K., Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) in Leonardo Journal (Boston: MIT Press, 2008).
Greenfield, S. et al, Film and the Law (Oxford: Hart, 2010) in The Law Teacher (London: Routledge, 2011).

Journal articles:

de Rijke, H., Childs, P. and Firth, N., ‘The Gap Between Law Student Career Aspirations and Employment Opportunities’ in The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education 48:1 (London: Routledge, 2014) 



Conferences organised

Conference Organiser and Chair:

Law, Literature and Film Symposium, Plymouth University (Sept 2009).

Association of Law Teachers 44th Annual Conference, Amsterdam (April 2009).

Submerge Intellectual Property Symposium, Bristol (April 2005).

Digital Rights Seminar, Instituting Data Exposition, Plymouth University (April 2002).

Conference Speaker:

‘Advocacy and Rhetoric in Law, Literature and Film’, Legal Storytelling Biennial Conference (Legal Writing Institute), London (March 2013)

‘12 Angry Mentions for Law, Literature and Film’, Legal Storytelling Biennial Conference (Legal Writing Institute), Denver, US (July 2011).

‘Bridging the Gap Between Career Aspirations and Law Opportunities’, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University (in absentia, with Penelope Childs and Nigel Firth, July 2011).

‘You’re Hired! Bridging the Gap Between Career Aspirations and Law Opportunities’, ALT Conference, Cardiff (with Penelope Childs and Nigel Firth, April 2011).

‘Law, Literature and Film: A Special Relationship’, Society of Legal Scholars Centennial Conference, Keele University (September 2009).

‘PDP Blogs’, Skills Plus Conference, Plymouth University (April 2008).

‘Manufacturing the Streets’, Share Digital Art Conference, Turin (March 2008).

‘Obscenity Law: Off Limits?’ Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Sheffield University (Sept 2004).

‘Obscenity Law’, Association of Law Teachers Conference, York University (April 2004).

‘Plagiarism and Copyright Law’, ALT Conference, Maastricht (April 2003).