Abenaa joined the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017 as Assistant Professor of criminal law and criminal evidence. Prior to joining the LSE, Abenaa was Lecturer in Law at City, University of London. She has also held positions as Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex, Teaching Fellow at UCL, and as a research assistant at the Law Commission for England and Wales. Abenaa holds a PhD from UCL, an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UCL, and an LLB from the University of Bristol.
Abenaa is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.Abenaa Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor of criminal law and criminal evidence at the London School of Economics. She has previously taught at City, University of London, the University of Sussex, and University College London. Abenaa holds a PhD from UCL, an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UCL, and an LLB from the University of Bristol.
Abenaa’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of criminal procedure, the law of evidence and criminal law. Her current research focuses on fair trial rights and the participatory role of defendants in criminal proceedings. She is the author of Defendant Participation in the Criminal Process, which examines requirements placed on defendants to actively participate in the criminal process, despite defendants holding rights not to participate. Abenaa also has expertise in hate crime legislation, having most recently worked on a two-year EU funded project on hate crime and the legal process.
Abenaa’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of criminal procedure, the law of evidence and criminal law. Her current research focuses on the admissibility and use of rap music as evidence in criminal trials. Abenaa also researches fair trial rights and the participatory role of defendants in criminal proceedings, and she has expertise in hate crime legislation and the legal process for prosecuting hate crime.
With her research interests in the law of evidence, criminal procedure, criminal law, criminal justice.
She has published the following Articles:
'Understanding the Barriers to Defendant Participation in Criminal Proceedings in England and Wales' (2020) Legal Studies pp.1–21 ,
Owusu-Bempah, A, Walters, MA and Wiedlitzka, S, ‘Racially and Religiously Aggravated Offenses: “God’s gift to defense”?’ (2019) Criminal Law Review pp.463-485
Walters, MA, Owusu-Bempah, A and Wiedlitzka, S, 'Hate Crime and the "Justice Gap": The Case for Law Reform' (2018) Criminal Law Review pp.958-983
'How to Reinstate the Right of Silence' in JJ Child and RA Duff (eds.) Criminal Law Reform Now: Proposals & Critique (Hart, 2018) pp.270-278
'The Interpretation and Application of the Right to Effective Participation' (2018) 22 (4) International Journal of Evidence and Proof pp.321-341
'Hate Crime and the Legal Process: Options for Law Reform' LSE Law Policy Briefing Paper 28/2017
‘Unfit to Plead or Unfit to Testify? R v Orr  EWCA Crim 889’ (2016) 80(6) Journal of Criminal Law pp.391-396 (with N. Wortley)
‘Racially Aggravated Offenses: When Does Section 145 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 Apply?’ (2016) Criminal Law Review pp.116-123 (with M.A. Walters)
‘Vulnerable Defendants and the Right to Silence: O’Donnell v United Kingdom  ECHR 16667/10’ (2015) 79(5) Journal of Criminal Law pp.322-325
‘Prosecuting Hate Crime: Procedural Issues and the Future of the Aggravated Offenses’ (2015) 35(3) Legal Studies pp.443-462
‘Silence in Suspicious Circumstances’ (2014) Criminal Law Review pp.126-135
‘Defense Participation through Pre-Trial Disclosure: Issues and Implications’ (2013) 17.2 International Journal of Evidence and Proof pp.183-201
‘Judging the Desirability of a Defendant’s Evidence: An Unfortunate Approach to s.35(1)(b) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994’ (2011) Criminal Law Review pp.690-704
‘Improving Sentencing of Hate Crimes’ (2013) 177 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly pp.559-560
‘Solving the Problem of Surfing Jurors’ (2013) 177 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly pp.37-38
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