Yvonne joined the College of Law and Criminology as an Associate Professor in 2017. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in Law at Bangor University. She has also worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Yvonne holds undergraduate law degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway, an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, and a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Special Mention of the Rene Cassin Thesis Prize 2014. Yvonne is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a Door Tenant at Invictus Chambers, London. She was one of six legal academics from across the UK to be shortlisted for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.
Yvonne’s research interests are primarily in the fields of human rights and international criminal law. Her research has been published in leading journals, including the American Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, Journal of International Criminal Justice, International Criminal Law Review and Law, Probability, and Risk. Her monograph, Fairness in International Criminal Trials, was published with Oxford University Press in 2016. Her work has been cited as legal authority by numerous leading international and national courts, including the International Criminal Court and the Supreme Court of India.