Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya

PhD, PGCert, LLM, LLB (Hons), FHEA

Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya

Senior Lecturer

Institute Director of Alumni Relations

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Ola’s current work focuses on post-conflict transitions and mass violence from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has been credited with developing a new criminological theory: the Macro-Micro Integrated Theoretical Model. His research on hierarchy of international crimes and sentencing proportionality has been cited directly in international criminal court judgements e.g. Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga. 2014, http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/doc/doc1761246.pdf and the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, see Kaing Guek Eav Appeal Judgement, 2012. http://www.cambodiatribunal.org/assets/pdf/court-filings/Case%20001%20Appeal%20Judgement%20FINAL%20EN.pdfIn recent years Ola has been interested in improving the plight of the socially disadvantaged particularly ex-Service personnel. He is currently involved in various capacities with Veterans, including: Founder and Project Director Veterans Legal Link http://www.veteranslegallink.org/who-we-are and Elected Board Member of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant Strategic Board (CAFCCB). He developed the first live client based multidisciplinary clinical legal education module in the UK with a strong community service focus. His research has been funded by the Ministry of Defence, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. He is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘Shifting Paradigms in Collective Violence: From Individualism to Hybridization’ for Routledge (2018).



Research interests: International criminal justice Transitional justice (e.g. Veterans and Military Families) Criminological theory Race and crime

In recent years Ola has been interested in improving the plight of the socially disadvantaged particularly ex-Service personnel. Ola is involved in various capacities with Veterans, including: As an Elected Board Member of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant Strategic Board (CAFCCB); Principal Investigator (£10,000) Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP), a Heritage Lottery funded project; Member of the Governance & Steering Panel UK Veterans Research Hub; Member of the Governance Board of the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University; Member Three Counties Advocacy Strategy Group, West Wales Mental Health Voluntary Sector Ex Service Personnel Network; Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin's Veterans and Families Institute; Founding Member of the Veterans Education Training Evaluation Research and Aud

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Olusanya, O 2004, 'The Statute of the Iraqi Special Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity- Progressive or Regressive?.' German Law Journal, vol 5, no. 7, pp. 859-878.
Olusanya, O 2004, 'Do Crimes against Humanity deserve a higher sentence than War Crimes?.' International Criminal Law Review, vol 4, no. 4, pp. 431-473. DOI: 10.1163/1571812043020060
Olusanya, O 2017, 'The Para-State: An Ethnography of Colombia's Death Squad. By Aldo Civico (University of California Press, 2015, 264 pp., £19.50)' International Criminal Justice Review, vol 27, no. 2. DOI: 10.1177/1057567717696720
Olusanya, O 2015, 'Beyond the Banality of Evil: Criminology and Genocide. By A. Brannigan (Oxford University Press, 2013, 261pp. £65.00)' British Journal of Criminology, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 209-211. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu066
Olusanya, O 2014, Using the Macro-Micro Integrated Theoretical Model to Understand the Dynamics of Collective Violence. in I Bantekas & E Mylonaki (eds), Criminological Approaches to International Criminal Law. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 222-238.
Olusanya, O 2014, Emotions, decision-making and mass atrocities: Through the lens of the macro-micro integrated theoretical model. Taylor & Francis, Farnham.
Olusanya, O 2013, 'A Macro-Micro Integrated Theoretical Model of Mass Participation in Genocide' British Journal of Criminology, vol 53, no. 5, pp. 843-863. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azt027
Olusanya, O 2013, The Psychology of Criminal Behavior and Sentencing. in JB Helfgott (ed.), Criminal Psychology. vol. 3, Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 333-366.
Olusanya, O 2013, 'Armed Forces, Alcohol Abuse and Responsibility for War-time Violence: Applying the Attention-Allocation Model' Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 105-122. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2011.633315
Olusanya, O & Cancino, JM 2012, 'Cross-Examining the Race-Neutral Frameworks of Prisoner Re-Entry' Critical Criminology, vol 20, no. 4, pp. 345-358. DOI: 10.1007/s10612-011-9143-y
Olusanya, O & Gau, JM 2012, 'Race, Neighbourhood Context and Risk Prediction' Criminal Justice Studies, vol 25, no. 2, pp. 159-175. DOI: 10.1080/1478601X.2012.699734
Olusanya, O 2012, 'Toward an Integrated Theoretical Model of Risk Factors for Post-Deployment PTSD and its Implications for Justice-Involved Veterans' Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, vol 22, no. 6, pp. 690-706. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2012.664983
Olusanya, O 2011, 'Disentangling the theories of gang membership: Social bond, Strain, Differential association and gang formation' Paper presented at The York Deviancy Conference, 29 June – 1 July 2011, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2011 - 2011, .
Olusanya, O 2010, 'Excuse and Mitigation Under International Criminal Law: Redrawing Conceptual Boundaries' New Criminal Law Review, vol 13, no. 1, pp. 23-89. DOI: 10.1525/nclr.2010.13.1.23
Olusanya, O 2008, Commentary, Cumulative Charges and Convictions. in A Klip & G Sluiter (eds), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals.
Olusanya, O 2008, Commentary, Joint Criminal Enterprise. in A Klip & G Sluiter (eds), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals. pp. 399-412.
Olusanya, O 2007, Rethinking cognition as the sole basis for determining Criminal Liability under the Manifest Illegality Principle. in Rethinking International Criminal Law: The Substantive Part. Europa Law Publishing, pp. 67-87.
Olusanya, O 2007, Rethinking International Criminal Law: The Substantive Part. European and International Criminal Law Series, Europa Law Publishing.
Olusanya, O 2006, Identifying the Aggressor under International Law: A Principles Approach. Peter Lang.
Olusanya, O 2006, Sentencing and Sanctioning in Supranational Criminal Law. Intersentia.
Olusanya, O 2005, Sentencing War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity under the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Europa Law Publishing.
Olusanya, O 2004, Double Jeopardy Without Parameters: Re-characterization in International Criminal Law. Intersentia.