Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya PhD, PGCert, LLM, LLB (Hons), FHEA

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Aberystwyth Law School

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Phone: 01970 622711

Research interests

My research over the last 20 years has focussed around the armed forces community including serving personnel and veterans and their families (sentencing, substantive criminal law and criminology). In recent years, my work has been underpinned by New Legal Realism (NLR) and has focused on the issues of access to justice for veterans and their families; also extending to the methods used in this field.  As Principal Investigator for the Veterans Legal Link project, I lead a multi-disciplinary team comprising lawyers, computer scientists and sociologists investigating the legal and health needs of UK Armed Forces veterans and their families, with a particular focus on: (1) access to justice and technology; and (2) the link between access to free legal advice service and veterans wellbeing. The Veterans Legal Link project relies on an extensive network of stakeholders and partner organisations so as to meet the complex needs of vulnerable veterans and their families. In order to better meet these complex needs, the project is using co-design approaches to develop a digital social determinants of health platform that draws upon telelaw (technology-enabled access to legal assistance), mobile phones and applications and cloud technologies. Funding in the amount of £498,392 from The National Lottery was secured in 2020 to conduct the research. Phase 1 of the co-design project involved gathering information on the features veterans sought in a mobile and web-based legal platform and resulted in 1100+ responses. It was the first of its kind to measure the legal needs of Veterans across the UK. The VLL recently gave evidence to the Parliamentary Treasury Committee on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Welsh Military Veterans https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/37221/pdf/

I have authored several books and journal articles on topics relating to the armed forces community and my previous works have been cited by the International Criminal Court (ICC)  https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2014_03519.PDF and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)  https://www.eccc.gov.kh/sites/default/files/documents/courtdoc/Case%20001AppealJudgementEn.pdf

 

 

Profile

I am currently Reader in Law at the Department of Law and Criminology where I am the Founder and Principal Investigator (Director) of the Veterans Legal Link project and Director of Learning and Teaching. 

I enjoy teaching and research and public and community engagement and undertake several external leadership roles that are reflective of my interests including: Member Office for Veterans' Affairs (OVA) UK Government Academic Advisory Board, Member National Advice Network (NAN) Welsh Government, Member Advance HE Strategic Advisory Group Learning and Teaching, Member Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Advisory Group and Member Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant. I am also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Citizens Advice Ceredigion.

Previously, I was the Lead ‘Sentencing’ American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section International Criminal Justice Standards Task Force and an Elected UK representative of the International Law Association Research Committee on the International Criminal Court. I serve on the Editorial Boards of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law (Springer) and Race and Justice: An International Journal (SAGE).

As founder of the Family Legal Clinic (FLC), I feel proud that we won the prestigious 'Highly Commended award’ in the Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic category (LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, 2020). I have been shortlisted twice for the National Teaching Fellowship award in recognition of my contributions to clinical legal education (the study of law through real-world legal activities).

 

Responsibilities

Founder and Principal Investigator (Director) of the Veterans Legal Link project and Director of Learning and Teaching.