Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees
- Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees
- Senior Lecturer in Law
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Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees is Senior Lecturer in Law at Bangor Law School. She is currently the School of Law’s Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Research Environment. Yvonne joined Bangor Law School in 2011 from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, where she completed her Ph.D. thesis on the right to a fair trial in international criminal law. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the ‘Special Mention’ by the jury of the René Cassin Thesis Prize. Yvonne was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2014 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and pastoral care. She is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and a Door Tenant at Invictus Chambers, London. Yvonne was one of six legal academics from across the UK to be shortlisted for the UK-wide OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.
Yvonne’s research interests are mainly in the fields of international criminal law, international criminal procedure, and human rights. She is an Editor of the Oxford University Press ‘Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law’ database, series Co-Editor of the University of Wales Press series on International Law and an Editorial Board member of the Criminal Law Forum journal. Her most recent research projects include a British Academy-funded enquiry into Evidence and Proof in International Criminal Trials and an ESRC-funded enquiry into the legal and human rights implications of forced transparency, surveillance and sousveillance, as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Yvonne has worked professionally with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She blogs at International Law Girls and PhD Studies in Human Rights.
- Fairness in International Criminal Trials (Oxford: OUP, 2016)
- The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013) (co-editor, with William A. Schabas and Niamh Hayes).
- The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012) (co-editor, with David Keane)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- ‘Strengthening the Evaluation of Evidence in International Criminal Trials’, (2017) 17 International Criminal Law Review, special issue on “Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Law” (accepted for publication; forthcoming).
- ‘Conceptualising the Right to Data Protection in an Era of Big Data’ (2017) 4 Big Data & Society (accepted for publication; forthcoming).
- ‘Analysis of Evidence in International Criminal Trials using Bayesian Belief Networks’ (2017) 16 Law, Probability and Risk (accepted for publication; forthcoming) (with Colin Aitken).
- 'The Impact of International Human Rights Law on International Criminal Procedure’, in Philipp Kastner (ed.), International Criminal Law in Context (Routledge, 2017) (accepted for publication; forthcoming).
- ‘Prosecutor v. Bemba’ (2016) 110 American Journal of International Law 526-533
- 'Absent Witnesses and the Right to Confrontation’, forthcoming in Triestino Mariniello and Paolo Lobba (eds.), Judicial Dialogue on Human Rights: The Practice of International Criminal Tribunals (Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2017) (forthcoming)
- ‘Introductory Note: Yong Vui Kong v. Public Prosecutor’ (2016) 55 International Legal Materials 307-338.
- ‘Determining the Parameters of Victim Participation before the International Criminal Court’ in Andre Klip and Steven Freeland (eds.), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals: Volume LII (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2016) (forthcoming).
- ‘Legitimacy’ in William A. Schabas and Shannonbrooke Murphy (eds), Research Handbook on International Courts and Tribunals (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017) 229-245 (with Wedad El Maalul).
- Commentaries to Articles 34-52 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, in Mark Klamberg (ed), The Commentary on the Law of the International Criminal Court (Oslo: TOAEP, 2015) 340-393; also available online at www.casematrixnetwork.org/cmn-knowledge-hub/icc-commentary-clicc.
- 'Article 66: Presumption of Innocence’ in Otto Triffterer and Kai Ambos (eds), Commentary on the Rome Statute: Observers’ Notes, Article by Article (3rd edn, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015) 1631-1645 (with William A. Schabas).
- ‘Article 67: Rights of the Accused’ in Otto Triffterer and Kai Ambos (eds), Commentary on the Rome Statute: Observers’ Notes, Article by Article (3rd edn, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015) 1646-1676 (with William A. Schabas).
- 'The ICTR’s fact-finding legacy: lessons for the future of proof in international criminal trials’ (2015) 26(3) Criminal Law Forum 351-372.
- ‘Inferential Reasoning and Proof in International Criminal Trials: The Potentials of Wigmorean Analysis’ (2015) 15(2) Journal of International Criminal Justice 507-533.
- ‘The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Promoting Respect for International Due Process Standards’ (2013) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 45-65.
- ‘Introductory Note: Prosecutor v. Karadžić’ (2013) 52(5) International Legal Materials 1117-1156.
- ‘The Admissibility and Weight of Written Witness Testimony in International Criminal Law: A Socio-Legal Analysis’ (2013) 27(4) Leiden Journal of International Law 971-989.
- 'Yong Vui Kong v. Public Prosecutor and the Mandatory Death Penalty for Drug Offences in Singapore: A Dead End for Constitutional Challenge?’ in Peter Hodgkinson (ed), The Library of Essays on Capital Punishment, Volume 1: Justice and Legal Issues (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013) 3-20.
- ‘Joint case commentary: Prosecutor v. Trbić, Decision on Trial Chamber’s competence to entertain motion filed after entry into force of decision under Rule 11bis’ and Prosecutor v. Lukić et al., Decision on Milan Lukić's appeal regarding referral’ in Andre Klip and Goran Sluiter (eds), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals: Volume XXXIV (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2013) 364-368.
- ‘General Duty to Ensure the Integrity of the Proceedings’ in Goran Sluiter et al. (eds), International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Oxford: OUP, 2013) 743–769.
- ‘General Duty to Ensure the Right to a Fair and Expeditious Trial’ in Goran Sluiter et al. (eds), International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Oxford: OUP, 2013) 770–817.
- ‘Regular Witness Testimony’ in Goran Sluiter et al. (eds), International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Oxford: OUP, 2013) 859–877.
- ‘Rights in Reverse: A Critical Analysis of Fair Trial Rights under International Criminal Law’ in William A. Schabas, Yvonne McDermott and Niamh Hayes (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013) 165–180.
- ‘Double Speak and Double Standards: Does the Jurisprudence on Retrial following Acquittal under International Criminal Law Spell the End of the Double Jeopardy Rule?’ in David Keane and Yvonne McDermott (eds), The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012) 176–193.
- ‘Case commentary: Prosecutor v. Krajišnik, Decision on Momčilo Krajišnik's motion to reschedule status conference and permit Alan Dershowitz appear’ in Andre Klip and Goran Sluiter (eds), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals: Volume XXXV (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2012) 177–185.
- ‘International Criminal Courts’ in George Ritzer (ed), The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Globalization (Oxford: Wiley–Blackwell, 2012) (with William A. Schabas).
- 'Yong Vui Kong v. Public Prosecutor and the Mandatory Death Penalty for Drug Offences in Singapore: A Dead End for Constitutional Challenge?’  1 International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy 35-52.
- ‘Human Rights and the Lisbon Treaty: Consensus or Conditionality?’ (2010) 31(4) Whittier Law Review 733–758.
- ‘Victims and International Law: Remedies in the Courtroom?’ (2009) 4(3) Hague Justice Journal/ Journal Judiciaire de la Haye 199–213.
- ‘Some are More Equal than Others: Victim Participation in the International Criminal Court’ (2008) 5(1) Eyes on the ICC 23–49.
- 'ICC expands definition of war crimes to cover combatants in the same armed forces', The Conversation, January 2017.
- 'Child victim or brutal warlord? ICC weighs the fate of Dominic Ongwen', The Conversation, January 2017.
- 'Five things you need to know about the Radovan Karadžić case', The Conversation, March 2016.
- ‘How Libya became the International Criminal Court’s latest failure’, The Conversation, August 2015.
- Foreword to Symposium on ‘Proof in International Criminal Trials’ (2015) 13(3) Journal of International Criminal Justice 475-478 (with John D. Jackson).
- ‘Evidence and Proof in the Practice of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’ (2015) 26(3) Criminal Law Forum 347-349 (foreword to special issue, with John D. Jackson).
- Dr Wedad Elmaluul, ‘The Legitimacy of the Principle of Complementarity in International Criminal Law’ (October 2015).
- Dr Arsalan Al Mizory, 'Towards a New Understanding of the Right of Self-Determination in the Post-Colonial Context’ (January 2015)
- Dr Khaled Ali Aljneibi, ‘Electronic Evidence in the United Arab Emirates’ (May 2014).
- Dr Emma Roberts, ‘The Rome II Regulation and its Consequences for Cross-Border Personal Injury Claims’ (April 2014).
- Mr Soran Qader, ‘Reconceptualising Uti Possidetis: Revising the Principle of Uti Possidetis to Facilitate its Use as a Tool for Resolving Territory and Boundary Disputes Arising from 21st Century State Creation’.
- Mr Meethaq Abo Hameed, ‘An International Criminal Framework to Prosecute the Legacy of Forced Internal Displacement in Iraq’ .
- Dr Bassim Al-Musawi, ‘The Rights of the Suspect in the Reformed Iraqi Legal System’ (July 2014) (second supervisor).
- SXL 2146/3146: International Criminal Law (module leader)
- SXL 4041: International Criminal Law (module leader)
- SXL 4045: International Law of Armed Conflict (module leader)
- SXL 4046: Children’s Rights and the Law (co-taught with Dr. Marie Parker)
Yvonne is also active in coaching student moot court teams for a number of international competitions.