Dr Conrad Nyamutata

Job: Lecturer in Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

T: +44 (0)116 207 8237

E: conrad.nyamutata@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Conrad joined DMU as a doctoral student in 2011. He earned his PhD (without amendments) in 2015. He was a graduate teaching assistant and part-time lecturer at DMU until his appointment as a VC2020 lecturer in 2017.

He has worked for the British Red Cross and Leicester Racial Equality Council. Previously, Conrad worked as a senior journalist in Zimbabwe. He is a winner of an investigative journalism award in Southern Africa in 2002. He has written extensively and provided commentary on politics in Zimbabwe and Africa to the media, including the BBC.

Conrad obtained a Diploma in Mass Communications (Harare), an MA in Mass Communications (Leicester) and an LLM in International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (with distinction) from Lancaster University.

His research interests lie in the broader areas of international criminal law, international human rights and international humanitarian law. His PhD focused on children and armed conflict and the philosophy of international law. He also researches on terrorism.

Conrad teaches both undergraduates and post-graduates. His teaching areas include International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, International Child Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law and English and European Legal Contexts.

He is a sub-editor (language controller) for the European Criminal Law Review where he edits the journal articles for correct use of English before publication. Conrad is also a staff supervisor for Legal-I, a DMU students’ online publication.

Publications and outputs

Nyamutata, C (2017) ‘Commentary on Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’ in Stalford, H, Hollingworth, C and Gilmore, S Rewriting Children’s Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice: Hart Publishing, pp.439-446

Nyamutata, C (2014)‘From Heroes to Victims: An Analysis of the Mutation of the Social Meaning of Child Soldiering’ International Criminal Law Review 14 (3) pp.619 – 640

Nyamutata, C (2014) 'Engaging or Shaming? An Analysis of UN’s Naming and Shaming of Child Abusers in Armed Conflict' Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 4 (1) pp.151–173

Nyamutata, C (2013) 'Self-Referrals Contra Objectives of International Criminal Justice' Journal of Philosophy of International Law 4 (1) (2013) pp.30-55

Nyamutata, C (2012) 'Electoral Conflict and Justice: The Case of Zimbabwe' African Journal of Legal Studies 5 (1) pp. 63-89

Research interests/expertise

Children and armed conflict

Law of armed conflict

Human rights

Public law

English and European law


Areas of teaching

Constitutional and Administrative Law

English and European Legal Contexts

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

International Child Law


Diploma (Harare Polytechnic)

MA (University of Leicester)

LLM (Lancaster University)

PhD (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

Constitutional and Administrative Law

English and European Legal Contexts

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

International Child Law

Honours and awards

Winner of the investigative journalism award in Southern Africa (2002): Media Institute of Southern Africa/NiZa


“Are clinical guidelines a proxy for the standard to care in clinical negligence?” (British Academy Leverhulme Grant): Senior research assistant to Professor Jo Samanta (2017-2018).

‘Children’s Rights Judgments Project’ (Arts and Humanities Research Council): Contributor/Author (2015-2017)

Externally funded research grants information

a) ‘Are clinical guidelines a proxy for the standard to care in clinical negligence?’ (British Academy Leverhulme Grant).

This is a collaborative interdisciplinary empirical study exploring how evidence-based clinical guidelines are used by defendant doctors, the courts and lawyers, and the extent and manner in which they are used as a proxy for the standard of care expected by law in clinical negligence litigation.

Conrad is a senior research assistant to Professor of Medical Law, Jo Samanta (2017-2018) with the responsibilities of designing questionnaire; identifying clinical negligence lawyers, collection and analysis of data and presenting the findings.

b) ‘Children’s Rights Judgments Project’ (AHRC)

 The project was a collaboration between 56 experts from jurisdictions across the world to develop the emerging methodology of judgment (re)writing, adopting a children’s rights approach. Participants revisited an existing case, drawn from a range of legal sub-disciplines (such as health, education, immigration, family, child protection and criminal justice) and jurisdictions (including supra-national courts), with a view to redrafting the judgment from a children’s rights perspective. Conrad and Emeritus Professor Trevor Buck worked on the case of Thomas Lubanga, convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the conscription, enlistment and use of child soldiers (Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo ICC Case No ICC-01/04-01/06, 14 March 2012). Both contributed chapters to an edited collection from the project, ‘Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice’. The book was launched at the Supreme Court on 27 November 2017 by the President of the UK Supreme Court, Baroness Hale.