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Research Statement

Research Interests

Nkem's PhD research is on copyright infringement in the film industry in developing economies; Nigeria as a case study. An industry popularly referred to as Nollywood and regarded as the world’s third-largest film industry regarding films produced.

She seeks to examine how the Nigerian copyright law can support the film industry as the flagship of its copyright industry. She will research on the issue of piracy in the industry and examine its indirect positive impact and the role it has played in bringing the industry to its present global standing. To critically understand the meaning of piracy and to adequately answer questions on piracy, Nkem will engage with the literature on piracy in its different forms, with an aim to discovering its measurable impact and answer the question of whether piracy is economically harmful to the film industry in Nigeria.

To further provide answers to questions posed, Nkem, in addition to her doctrinal analysis, will conduct qualitative research in the form of in-depth semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in the film industry. Producers, directors, actors, law academics and policymakers in the copyright industry will be the target for these interviews.

Issues of enforcement of the law against piracy will be addressed. Bearing in mind that the Nigerian has a different economic model, she will explore the more effective means by which implementation can be carried out. She will research how other jurisdictions have successfully treated the issue of enforcement.

Nkem will also consider what role if any collective administration can play in the film industry in Nigeria which primarily has been classified as an informal one, reasons in part being because of its unofficial modes of distribution.
Nkem’s research interests include Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law. She is a lecturer employed in the department of Commercial and Corporate Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, and is currently on study leave.



PhD (Queen's University, Belfast - 2018-2021)

LLM Commercial and Corporate Law, University College London, (UCL) University of London, 2000.

BL 1999. Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Nigeria.

LLB 1997. Bachelor of Laws Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.



Nkem was the co-ordinator of the School of Law Streetlaw programme, 2018/19 academic session. StreetLaw is a project which aims at educating the community on legal issues, intending to provide legal information in an interactive, fun, accessible and informative way. The theme of the workshop for the year was the law regarding the use of smartphones. The workshop took place at Moot Court of the School of Law on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Participants included invited secondary school pupils and undergraduate and postgraduate law students of the School of Law.


Contact: nitanyi01@qub.ac.uk

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Research Output

Sustainable development enforcement conundrum in Nigeria: challenges and way forward: challenges and way forward

Ajibo, C. C., Itanyi, N., Okiche, E., Chime, I., Mosanya, S. & Nwodo, F., 26 May 2020, In : Commonwealth Law Bulletin. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Piracy in the Film Industry in Nigeria: A Double-Edged Sword?

    Itanyi, N., 22 Jun 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Curbing the Menace of Climate Change in Nigeria: The Role of Effective Legislations and Strong Intellectual Property Rights Protection.

    Itanyi, N., 2018, Environment Impact Assessment.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Nigerian Courts

    Itanyi, N., 24 Apr 2018, In : Law and Development Review. 11, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 4 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Invited talk

    QUB Law PhD Student Research Network (SRN) Launch Event 'Making Connections'

    N Itanyi (Invited speaker)

    22 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    N Itanyi (Organiser)

    09 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    The 3rd Annual Conference of The South African Association of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law Teachers and Researchers.

    N Itanyi (Presenter)

    01 Jul 201902 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Gender, Social Justice and Innovation

    N Itanyi (Participant)

    21 May 201922 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    BILETA Annual Conference 2019

    N Itanyi (Participant)

    16 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference