Mr Hugo De Rijke

Mr Hugo De Rijke

Associate Professor of Law (Education)

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Hugo 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)