Dr Yvonne McDermott

Associate Member

Yvonne is Associate Professor of Law at Swansea University.

Her research interests include international criminal law, international criminal procedure, human rights, and refugee law.

Dr Yvonne McDermott

Publications & Appearances

Yvonne’s publications include:

  • Author, Fairness in International Criminal Trials (OUP, forthcoming)
  • Author, “Inferential Reasoning and Proof in International Criminal Trials: The Potentials of Wigmorean Analysis” (2015) 15(2) Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • Author, “Proof in International Criminal Trials” (2015) 15(2) Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • Author, “The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Promoting Respect for International Due Process Standards” (2013) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law
  • Co-editor, The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (2013)
  • Author, “The Admissibility and Weight of Written Witness Testimony in International Criminal Law: A Socio-Legal Analysis” (2013) 27(4) Leiden Journal of International Law
  • Co-editor, The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (2012)
  • Author, “Human Rights and the Lisbon Treaty: Consensus or Conditionality?” (2010) 31(4) Whittier Law Review
  • Author, “Victims and International Law: Remedies in the Courtroom?” (2009) 4(3) Hague Justice Journal
  • Author, “Some are More Equal than Others: Victim Participation in the International Criminal Court” (2008) 5(1) Eyes on the ICC

Yvonne’s appearances include:

  • “(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”, Edge Hill University, 13-14 June 2014
  • “Procedural Law-Making in the International Criminal Tribunals”, University of Nottingham, 3-4 June 2014
  • “The Legacy of the ICTR in Promoting Respect for International Due Process Standards”, University of Johannesburg, 31 October-1 November 2013
  • “Gender-Based Persecution under International Refugee Law and International Criminal Law: Synergies and Divergences”, Women in and At War, Aberystwyth, 11 May 2012

About Yvonne

Yvonne has been based at Swansea University since September 2017. She has worked professionally with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe as a consultant. Her most recent research focuses on fair trial rights in the context of international criminal proceedings.

She blogs at International Law Girls and PhD Studies in Human Rights.


  • PhD, Irish Centre for Human Rights
  • LL.M. cum laude, Leiden University
  • LLB., National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Special Mention, René Cassin Thesis Prize, 2014
  • Bohler Franken Koppe Wijngaarden Advocaten/Hague Academic Coalition Award for Young Professionals, 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Swansea Law School
  • Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple