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Executive Board

ISCI’s Executive Board includes those who are largely responsible for the day to day management and strategic decision making regarding the Initiative.

Penny Green

Penny Green is a Director of ISCI. Professor Green graduated from the Australian National University in 1979, with a BA (Hons) and from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil and PhD in Criminology. Professor Green joined King’s College London in September 2007 following eight years as Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Westminster. Prior to that she held posts at the University of Southampton and the LSE. She has published widely on state crime, state-corporate crime, natural disasters, Turkish criminal justice and politics, transnational crime and asylum and forced migration. Her current research interests include illegal logging, torture and state violence, environmental harms and looted antiquities.

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Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Tony Ward is a Director of ISCI. Dr Ward is a Reader in Law at the University of Hull. He is a founder-member of the NGO INQUEST (which campaigns about deaths in custody and coroners’ courts) and worked there until 1990 when he began his academic career at De Montfort University. He is co-author with Penny Green of State Crime: Governments, Violence and Corruption (Pluto, 2004) and with Gerry Johnstone of Law and Crime (Sage, 2010). With Bev Clucas and Gerry Johnstone he edited Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities (Nomos, 2009). He also has research interests in evidence law, legal theory and legal history. He is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology and is a Board member of the Crime Studies Network.

Dr Ward’s profile at

Jennifer Leaning

Jennifer Leaning is a Non-Executive Director of ISCI. Dr Leaning graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, Harvard School of Public Health in 1970 and from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1975 (MA). She is Co-Director of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr Leaning’s research and policy interests include issues of public health, medical ethics, and early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. Dr Leaning is Visiting Editor of the British Medical Journal, serves on the editorial board of Health and Human Rights, and is a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press.

Dr Leaning’s profile at

Vincenzo Bollettino

Vincenzo Bollettino is a Non-Executive Director of ISCI. Dr Bollettino is Director of Programs & Administration at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He has a background in the field of human security and conflict management from years of consultations with agencies including Save the Children, World Vision, the European Union Joint Research Center, and UNICEF. Dr Bollettino has authored several publications related to disaster management and humanitarian assistance and has taught many courses as an Instructor at the Harvard Extension School on social science research and world politics. He holds a doctorate in International Politics and Political Theory from University of Denver and has held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University in the Program on Non-violent Sanctions and Cultural Survival.

Dr Bolletti’s profile at

Kris Lasslett

Kris Lasslett

Dr Lasslett is the ISCI Fellow responsible for the Papua New Guinea section of this site. He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2004 with a First-Class honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Westminster. Dr Lasslett is currently a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster and a member of the Social and Policy Research Institute. Prior to that he taught at the University of Westminster and Kings College London. Dr Lassletts research focuses on the political economy of state crime and civil conflict. He has conducted extensive field work on the Bougainville crisis in Papua New Guinea, and has published papers on state crime, corporate citizenship, scientific method and criminological theory in leading international journals. Presently Dr Lasslett is carrying out research on mining, conflict and civil society; natural disasters as state crime and international political economy.

Dr Lasslett’s profile at

Thomas MacManus

Tom MacManus

Dr MacManus is a Postdoctural Research Fellow at ISCI and is based at King’s College London’s School of Law. He holds a BA in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick (2002) which included one year at Tilburg University, an LLM (with distinction) in International Law from the University of Westminster (2005) and a PhD in Law & Criminology from King’s College London (2011). Thomas was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2004 and the Role of Solicitors of Ireland in 2008. His current research focuses on civil society, especially in Burma and Colombia. Thomas is Joint Editor of Amicus Journal and has been involved with Pro Bono projects, including Caribbean death row cases.

Dr MacManus’ profile at

Ian Patel


Dr Patel joined ISCI as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in May 2012. Previously he was a researcher at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London, working on a project that examined the role of civil parties in the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia.

Ian completed his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research at Cambridge was in legal theory and was funded by Queens’ College. It examined the relationship between testimony and accountability in law, and also considered self-narration as a species of evidence. One aim of this research was to interrogate the ways in which truth and reconciliation commissions rely upon and promote the testimony of victims and perpetrators in their engagement with criminal responsibility.

Ian’s profile at KCL.

Alicia de la Cour Venning

Alicia de la Cour

Alicia has been ISCI’s research and policy manager since November 2011. Prior to this, Alicia completed her LLM in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Criminology (distinction) at King’s College London. Alongside her LLM studies, Alicia completed internships with both the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna and ISCI. Prior to moving to London, Alicia practised as a solicitor for two and a half years in her home country, New Zealand, where she obtained an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury (2008). Alicia was recently awarded a 2013 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship by the American Society of International Law, which enabled her to return to Burma/Myanmar in November 2013.