Yvonne joined the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in September 2017, having previously been a Senior Lecturer in Law at Bangor University. She has also worked for 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. (cum laude) 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 and was later published by Oxford University Press as Fairness in International Criminal Trials in 2016.
Yvonne's research interests are in international criminal law and procedure, evidence, and human rights. She is currently writing a book entitled Proving International Crimes on international criminal tribunals’ approaches to evidence and proof, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. Yvonne also currently serves as Principal Investigator on a multidisciplinary project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which examines the use of open source evidence for human rights fact-finding; more details can be found on the project’s website: https://osr4rights.org.
As well as publishing 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) and edited volumes, Yvonne is keen to communicate her research to a broader audience. She has been interviewed by, amongst others, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, The Guardian, Washington Post, BBC Radio Wales, Raidio na Gaeltachta (Irish language radio), and RTE Radio 1. She is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Her work has been cited as legal authority by numerous leading international and national courts, including the International Criminal Court, the Supreme Court of Jamaica, and the Supreme Court of India.