Associate Professor
Legal Studies
Room: Office - 045
Ground Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

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.

Areas of Expertise

  • International criminal law
  • Evidence and proof
  • Human rights
  • Fair trial rights


  1. The International Criminal Court’s Chambers Practice Manual. Journal of International Criminal Justice 15(5), 873-904.
  2. Fairness in International Criminal Trials. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. & Analysis of evidence in international criminal trials using Bayesian Belief Networks. Law, Probability And Risk 16(2-3), 111-129.
  4. Strengthening the Evaluation of Evidence in International Criminal Trials. International Criminal Law Review 17(4), 682-702.
  5. Conceptualising the right to data protection in an era of Big Data. Big Data & Society 4(1), 205395171668699

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  • LAAM12 Researching Human Rights

    Human Rights are increasingly relevant across the range of public policy as well as in the work of third sector and business. Global systems of governance, policy, law and economy require particiapnts who are skilled in human rights as well as the techniques of Human Rights Research and application. The module will focus on the skills necessary to effectively research human rights contemporary issues, and on developing the attributes of assessment, evaluation and communication necessary to make use of human rights research outcomes in the context of the public, private or third sector economies. The module will seek to develop student understanding of research methods relevant to human rights and human rights law and policy. It wil develop skills that will enable students to evaluate content and to deliver responses that demonstrate the capacity to identify contemporary challenges for human rights, informed understanding and capacity for reflection on and application of research findings in particular areas of human rights.

  • LAAM20 Rights and accountability: technology and law

    This module examines issues pertaining to human rights and their protection in the use of technology. Students will consider how the online environment and human rights intersect by considering, inter alia: how human rights (such as the right to privacy and data protection rights) can be protected online; how new technologies can be used in investigating and prosecuting mass human rights violations; how technology can be used to automate and assist decision-making, where liability falls in those circumstances, and related issues of accountability and liability.

External Responsibilities

  • Editorial Board Member, Criminal Law Forum journal

    2015 - Present

  • Series Co-Editor, University of Wales series International Law, (with Professor Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia)

    2014 - Present

  • Academic Fellow, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

    2014 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • ‘Supporting the analysis of international criminal trials with artificial intelligence and data mining techniques’ 2017 - 2018

    Dr. Federico Cerutti, Cardiff University; Dr. Chiara Bernardi, University of Stirling; Dr. John Stevens, Royal College of Art, £4985

  • ‘Challenges to Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis’ 2017 - 2018

    This international interdisciplinary conference was held at the British Academy’s premises at Carlton House Terrace, London, in March 2018., with Dr. Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Brunel University

  • ‘Devolved Nations and International Law’ 2016 - 2017

    , with Dr. Hayley Roberts, Bangor University, £2,600

  • Children Displaced Across Borders 2016

    Jane Williams, Swansea University; Dr Tanya Herring, Bangor University; Dr Melinda Lemke, University of Buffalo; Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett, Swansea University; Dr Suzanne Pritzker, University of Houston; Dr Sergei Shubin, Swansea University, £4,500

  • Poverty, Education and Attainment 2016 - 2017

    , with Dr. Gwilym Sion ap Gruffudd, Bangor University (PI), £39,191

  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being in Wales: A Human-Rights Based Approach 2015 - 2017

    , with Jane Williams, Swansea University; Hafal, £500

  • Borrowed Truths: Exploring Transfers of Expertise & Evidence across Science, Justice and Politics 2016 - 2017

    Dr. Berit Bliesmann de Guevara, Aberystwyh University (PI); Dr Cheryl Allsop,
University of South Wales; Dr Aimee Grant, Cardiff University; Dr Catrin Fflur Huws,
Aberystwyth University; Dr Nick Davis,
Manchester Metropolitan University, £7,415

  • A Taxonomy of Evidence before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 2013 - 2014

    , £9,983

  • DATA-PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements – Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust 2014 - 2016

    Professor Vian Bakir, Bangor University (PI); colleagues from Bangor, Sheffield, Sussex, London, and Cardiff Universities, £30,365

  • Support to attend Law and Society Association Annual Conference 2012

    , £1,280

  • Enhancing the Status of UN Treaty Rights in Domestic Settings 2017 - 2018

    One of the Commission’s core tasks as a National Human Rights Institution is to monitor the UK’s compliance with the seven United Nations (UN) human rights treaties it has signed and ratified.

Research Groups

  • Wales Observatory

    Member, Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People