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Kajsa E Dinesson
Lecturer in Law



I joined York Law School in November 2023.

I am completing my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2024. I work in theory as well as socio-legal empirical research, with a particular interest in criminal law, criminal process and evidence, and topics including terror law and policy, prosecutorial discretion, and mens rea. I have experience of research for academia as well as for government policy.

I currently lecture across criminal law, criminology, and mental health and capacity law.



My research interests include:

  • Criminal law, in theory and in practice
  • Criminal process and evidence
  • Prosecutions and discretion
  • Anti-terror law and policy
  • ‘Insanity’ and the intersection of criminal law and mental health and capacity law
  • Vulnerable defendants

My ongoing research explores terrorism offences in the UK, tracing the law from policy through to implementation, with a particular focus on prosecutorial discretion and evidence.

I am also currently exploring mens rea in the criminal law; the prosecutorial role in the criminal justice process; and social harm approaches to counter-terrorism and the public interest.


Selected publications

  • 2023. Book Review: ‘PRECURSOR CRIMES OF TERRORISM: THE CRIMINALISATION OF TERRORISM RISK IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE. Ed by Clive Walker, Mariona Llobet Anglí and Manuel Cancio Meliá’, Edinburgh Law Review 27(2), 236-237.
  • 2022. ‘Evidencing terrorist intent – The ambiguities of circumstantial evidence and mind-set material’ (Social & Legal Studies blog, 12 September 2022)
  • 2022. ‘(Un)reasonable Excuses – On R v Dunleavy, R v Copeland, and Section 58’, Modern Law Review, 85(6), 1550-1561.
  • 2022. ‘Preventing Harm: The “Collection of Information” Offence in Commentary, Case Law and Data’, Criminal Law Review, 6, 469-487.

Contact details

Kajsa Dinesson
Lecturer in Law
York Law School