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Michael Olatokun

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Michael is a researcher and project manager focused on exploring the connection between rights, citizenship and education. He leads the Centre's strategic area of focus on Citizenship and the Rule of Law and is the Head of Public and Youth Engagement. He is the lead instructor of 'Citizenship and the Rule of Law', an online undergraduate law course run by BIICL in collaboration with the University of London. He is also the Coordinator of 'The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education', a nationwide programme in which young people are taught about the rule of law and human rights. As a result of the success of this work, Michael was asked to join the Solicitor General's Public Legal Education Committee in 2017. He is one of the UK's leading experts on the topic and was a co-author of the minister's vision statement in 2018.

Whilst at the Bingham Centre, Michael has contributed to several public inquiries relating to areas of his research. The bodies conducting these inquiries have frequently cited his evidence in producing final recommendations for government decision makers, including the House of Commons Justice Select Committee inquiry into reform of courts and tribunals , the Draft Commissioner for Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 201- Scrutiny review - Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel and the final report of the House of Lords Ad Hoc Select Committe on Citizenship and Civic Engagement. 

Prior to joining the Bingham Centre Michael worked as a political organiser encouraging young people and disenfranchised groups to participate in public life. He has led voter registration projects that have successfully registered hundreds of thousands of first-time voters, working with the Cabinet Office and other partners to promote voter engagement in the run-up to the 2016 European Union Referendum. The University of Nottingham gave Michael an 'Alumni Laureate Award' to recognise his democratic engagement work and he was named a (fee-waiving) Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2017.

Outside of his citizenship work, Michael has been a successful non-executive director of three charities. He has also served as an advisor of public education authorities. As the former Deputy Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework Subject Pilot Panel for Law (Business, Education and Social Care are also considered under the remit of the committee), Michael chaired discussions of senior law academics in piloting, testing and applying methods for assessing quality in higher education programmes.

Michael has a personal webpage. This can be viewed at abiodunolatokun.com.

 

Michael Olatokun

Research Leader in Citizenship and the Rule of Law; Head of Public and Youth Engagement

+44 (0)20 7862 5153

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