Yvonne is on the faculty at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she currently teaches legal writing.
This past August, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her dissertation examined state commitment to the International Criminal Court. Key features studied: how the ICC’s enforcement mechanisms influence state membership; and the ability of the ICC to realize goals of ending impunity for perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
In addition to the ICC and international human rights law more generally, Yvonne’s research interests include international cooperation (or the lack thereof) as it relates to the problem of maritime piracy. She discusses her most recent paper on piracy in her guest post below.
Yvonne received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar and served on the Columbia Law Review. She thereafter practiced as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she tried narcotics trafficking and organized crime cases.