Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees
- Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees
- Senior Lecturer in Law
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- Room 009, Ground Floor, Athrolys
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 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. 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
- ‘Fairness before the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals’, (2017) 40 QIL – Questions of International Law 39-55.
- ‘International Criminal Procedure and the False Promise of an Ideal Model of Fairness’, in John Jackson and Sarah Summers (eds.), Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings: Individual Rights and Institutional Forms (Oxford: Hart, 2018), forthcoming.
- ‘Human Rights and the International Criminal Court’ in Klaus Larres and Ruth Wittlinger (eds.), Understanding Global Politics, Actors and Themes in International Affairs (London: Routledge, 2017), forthcoming.
- Strengthening the Evaluation of Evidence in International Criminal Trials’, (2017) 17(4) International Criminal Law Review 682-702.
- ‘Conceptualising the Right to Data Protection in an Era of Big Data’ (2017) 4 Big Data & Society 1-7.
- ‘Analysis of Evidence in International Criminal Trials using Bayesian Belief Networks’ (2017) 16 Law, Probability and Risk (with Colin Aitken), forthcoming.
- 'The Impact of International Human Rights Law on International Criminal Procedure’, in Philipp Kastner (ed.), International Criminal Law in Context (London: Routledge, 2017), forthcoming.
- ‘Prosecutor v. Bemba’ (2016) 110 American Journal of International Law 526-533.
- ‘Absent Witnesses and the Right to Confrontation’, in Triestino Mariniello and Paolo Lobba (eds.), Judicial Dialogue on Human Rights: The Practice of International Criminal Tribunals (Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2017) 225-242.
- ‘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 52 (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2017), forthcoming.
- ‘Introductory Note: Yong Vui Kong v. Public Prosecutor’ (2016) 55 International Legal Materials 307-338.
- ‘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).
Recent Media Appearances
- ‘Martinets, migrants, and militants: The drawn-out saga of Libya and the ICC’, IRIN News, 24 July 2017.
- ‘Is the world’s highest court fit for purpose?’, The Guardian, 5 April 2017.
- Dr Meethaq Abo Hameed, ‘An International Criminal Framework to Prosecute the Legacy of Forced Internal Displacement in Iraq’(April 2017)
- 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’.
- Dr Bassim Al-Musawi, ‘The Rights of the Suspect in the Reformed Iraqi Legal System’ (July 2014) (second supervisor).
Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures
- Panellist on ‘Domestic Justice for International Crimes and Fair Trials’ panel, International Bar Association Experts’ Roundtable, Fair Trials and Complementarity, The Hague, 6 July 2017 (video recording available here: https://vimeo.com/226416471).
- ‘Compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Context of Devolution’, Bangor International Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, UK, 28 June 2017 (with Dr. Hayley Roberts).
- Classes on ‘The Prosecution of Rape and Sexual Violence before the ICC’ and ‘Personal and Territorial Jurisdiction’ and moot court judge, 17th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists: ‘The International Criminal Court at Fifteen’, Siracusa, Italy, 21-31 May 2017.
- ‘The Use of Expert Evidence in International Criminal Law’, Irish Centre for Human Rights Annual Doctoral Seminar, National University of Ireland, Galway, 27 April 2017.
- ‘Evaluation of Evidence in International Criminal Trials’, University of Nottingham, 31 March 2017.
- ‘Borrowed Truths: Expert Evidence and the Structure of Authority in International Criminal Trials’, International Law Girls 10th Anniversary Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, 3 March 2017.
- ‘Borrowed Truths: Expert Evidence and the Structure of Authority in International Criminal Trials’, American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Interest Group Works-in-Progress Workshop, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, USA, 9 December 2016.
- Seminar on ‘Academic Publishing’ for PhD students, Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem University, Budapest, Hungary, 28 November 2016.
- Panellist on ‘Survival and Development’ panel, Children Displaced Across Borders, Swansea University, 18-19 November 2016.
- ‘Using Scientific Evidence in Criminal Trials’, Borrowed Truths: Transfers of Expertise and Evidence Across Science, Justice and Politics, Cardiff University, 27 October 2016.
- ‘Trial of Civilians before Israeli Military Courts in Palestine: A Human Rights-Based Analysis’, Administrative Detention in Israel: The Case of Palestinians, Liverpool, 16 September 2016.
- ‘Revolving-Door Academic: Lecturer by Day, Student by Night’, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Conference 2016, 14 September 2016 (with Dr. Fay Short).
- ‘The “Internationalized” Nature of Procedure in International Criminal Trials and Universal Fair Trial Rights’,Modern Law Review Seminar on Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings: Individual Rights and Institutional Forms, University of Nottingham, 1–2 September 2016.
- ‘Overcoming Barriers to Reliable Fact-Finding in International Criminal Trials’, Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals, University of Oslo, 29–30 August 2016.
- Panellist on Law Teacher of the Year 2016 Finalists panel, Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching, University of Oxford, 1 July 2016.
- ‘Analysis of Evidence in International Criminal Trials using Wigmorean Analysis’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 26 May 2016.
- ‘Re-Assessing Findings of Fact on Appeal: When does the “Only Reasonable Conclusion” become Unreasonable?’, New England Regional Junior Faculty Workshop, New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 12 February 2016.
- ‘Analysis of Evidence in International Criminal Trials’, Statistics and Proof in International Law, Edinburgh University, 18 January 2016.
- ‘Fairness in International Criminal Trials’, De Montfort University, Leicester, 4 March 2015.
- ‘Sousveillance and the Law’, Transparency Today: Exploring the Adequacy of Sur/Sous/Veillance Theory and Practice, Bangor University, 6 January 2015.
- Workshops on ‘The Right to Confront and Cross-Examine Witnesses’ and ‘Participation and Protection of Victims and Witnesses’, delivered as part of a consultancy with the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28 November 2014.
- ‘Human Rights Law Reform in the UK Media: Behind the Headlines’, Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Media, Persuasion and Human Rights, Bangor University, 11 November 2014.
- ‘Re-Assessing Findings of Fact on Appeal: When does the “Only Reasonable Conclusion” become Unreasonable?’, Proof in International Criminal Trials, Bangor University, 27-28 June 2014.
- ‘“Balance” in International Criminal Law: The Use and Abuse of the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights’, The “Cross-Fertilization” Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals, Edge Hill University, 13-14 June 2014.
- ‘Procedural Law-Making in the International Criminal Tribunals’, Procedural Traditions and Global Transformation in Criminal Justice, University of Nottingham, 3-4 June 2014.
- ‘Appeals on Issues of Fact in International Criminal Trials’, University of Nottingham, 27 March 2014.
- ‘The Legacy of the ICTR in Promoting Respect for International Due Process Standards’, The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 October-1 November 2013.
- Panellist on ‘Closing Remarks’ panel, Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law, Liverpool University, 6 December 2012.
- ‘International Criminal Law as a “Gentle Harmoniser” of Legal Systems’, Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 7 June 2012.
- ‘Gender-Based Persecution under International Refugee Law and International Criminal Law: Synergies and Divergences’, Women In and At War, Aberystwyth University, 11 May 2012.
- ‘The Rights and Wrongs of Written Witness Testimony’, Integrating a Socio-Legal Approach to Evidence in International Criminal Tribunals, University College Dublin, 19 November 2011.
- ‘The End of the Cold War as a Catalyst for the Growth and Current Character of International Criminal Justice: Rhetoric or Reality?’, International Political Science Association Annual Conference: Human Rights, War and Peace after the Cold War, Seoul, South Korea, 17 June 2011.
- ‘Human Rights and the Lisbon Treaty’, Twenty-Sixth Annual International Law Symposium: The Future of the European Union, Whittier Law School, California, USA, 17 April 2009.
- ‘Rights for Exonerated Prisoners: A Lacuna in International Law?’, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, De Montford University School of Law, Leicester, 8 April 2009.
- ‘The Judicial Development of Human Rights Law as a Loophole to the State-Centricity of International Law’,Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting 2008/2009, San Diego, California, USA, 7 January 2009.
- 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.