B.A., 1989, Columbia University
M.A., 2008, University of Colorado at Boulder
Ph.D., 2011 University of Colorado at Boulder
J.D., 1991, Columbia Law School
international criminal law, evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure
Yvonne M. Dutton joined the Robert H. McKinney School of Law faculty in August 2012. She is an Associate Professor of Law teaching evidence, criminal law, international criminal law, federal criminal law, and criminal procedure. Professor Dutton graduated from Columbia Law School, where she served on the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (all years). After graduation, Professor Dutton clerked for the Honorable William C. Conner, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Dutton has practiced law 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. She also practiced as a civil litigator in law firms in New York and California (including Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher).
Professor Dutton’s research interests include international criminal law, international human rights law, and maritime piracy. Broadly speaking, her scholarship examines questions about international cooperation and the role and effectiveness of international institutions in deterring and holding accountable those who commit crimes of international concern. Dutton has published her research in a variety of law reviews. In May 2013, her book entitled Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court was published by Routledge.
In 2011, Professor Dutton was a fellow in Columbia Law School’s Careers in Law Teaching Program. In 2013, Dutton was awarded a John S. Grimes Fellowship in recognition of scholarly excellence.
Books and Chapters
- RULES, POLITICS, AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: COMMITTING TO THE COURT (Routledge, May 2013).
- Maritime Piracy and the Impunity Gap: Domestic Implementation of International Treaty Provisions, in MARITIME PIRACY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE (Michael Struett, Mark Nance, and Jon Carlson, eds.) (Routledge, October 2012).
- The Potential for Asylum Seeking by Convicted Pirates and their Repatriation and Reintegration, In PROSECUTING MARITIME PIRACY: DOMESTIC SOLUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL CRIME, edited by Michael P. Scharf, Milena Sterio, and Michael Newton (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming 2014.
Law Review and Journal Articles
- Crime and Punishment: Assessing Deterrence Theory in the Context of Somali Piracy, G.W. INT'L L. REV., forthcoming 2014.
- Refusing to Negotiate: Analyzing the Legality and Practicality of a Piracy Ransom Ban, __ CORNELL INT’L L. J. (2014) (with Jon Bellish).
- Gunslingers on the High Seas: A Call for Regulation, 24 DUKE J. OF COMP. AND INT’L L. (2013).
- Virtual Witness Confrontation in Criminal Cases: A Proposal to Use Videoconferencing Technology in Maritime Piracy Trials, VAND. J. TRANS. L. (2012).
- Commitment to International Human Rights Treaties: The Role of Enforcement Mechanisms, 34 U. PA. J. INT’L L. 1 (2012).
- Maritime Piracy and the Impunity Gap: Insufficient National Laws or a Lack of Political Will?, 86 TULANE L. REV. 1111 (2012) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1931870).
- Pirates and Impunity: Is the Threat of Asylum Claims a Reason to Allow Pirates to Escape Justice?, 34 FORDHAM INT’L L.J. 236 (2011) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1679202).
- Explaining State Commitment to the International Criminal Court: Strong Enforcement Mechanisms as a Credible Threat, 10 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUDIES L. REV. 477 (2011) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1884442).
- Bringing Pirates to Justice: A Case for Including Piracy within the Jurisdiction of the
International Criminal Court, 11 CHI. J. OF INT’L L. 197 (2010) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1640543).
Work in Progress
- Does the International Criminal Court Deter Torture? (with Eamon Aloyo and Lindsay Heger).
- Funding Terrorism: The Problem of Ransom Payments
- Reservations, Reports, and Ratifications: Informal Flexibility and Commitment to the Convention against Torture (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge).
- Panelist, Exploring the Effectiveness of International Law, Mauer School of Law, Indianapolis, IN. Feb. 18, 2014.
- Flexibility to Improve: Institutional Flexibility in the CAT and Improvements in Human Rights Practices (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2013 Annual Conference. Palm Beach, FLA. August 8, 2013.
- Gunslingers on the High Seas: A Call for Regulation, Presented at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and at the Max Planck Institute for Maritime Affairs. Hamburg, Germany. June 2013.
- Committing to the Court: Politics and the International Criminal Court, Presented at the University of Hamburg, Law Faculty. Hamburg, Germany. June 27, 2013.
- Legal Problems Concerning Maritime Piracy, Guest Lecturer in Prof. Dr. Matz-Lück’s International Law of the Sea class, Kiel University, Walther-Schücking Institute for International Law. Kiel Germany. May 23, 2013.
- Why Ratify: Institutional Flexibility and Commitment to Human Rights Treaties (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the Junior Faculty Regional Workshop at Washington University School of Law. St. Louis, MO. April 5, 2013.
- Presenter, “What Can We do Right Now – to Prevent Future Genocides.” Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Promoting Nonviolence at Home and Beyond. Ball State University, Muncie, IN. April 6, 2013.
- Why Ratify: Institutional Flexibility and Commitment to Human Rights Treaties (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 12, 2013.
- Why Ratify: Institutional Flexibility and Commitment to Human Rights Treaties (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the American Society of Comparative Law, Younger Comparativists Conference. Indianapolis, IN. April 18-19, 2013.
- Gunslingers on the High Seas: A Call for Regulation, Presented at Saint Louis University School of Law Faculty Workshop. St. Louis, MO. February 28, 2013.
- Why Ratify: Reservations, Institutional Changes, and Commitment to Human Rights Treaties (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the 2012 Midwest Law & Society Retreat, Madison, WI, the 2012 American Society of International Law Research Forum, Athens, GA, and the 2013 Junior International Law Scholars Association, New York, NY.
- Presenter, "Maritime Piracy, Impunity, and the Need for More International Cooperation and Collaboration:" International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 25th Conference, Washington, D.C. October 24, 2012.
- Why Ratify? The Evolution of Human Rights Treaties (with Moonhawk Kim and Cody Eldredge), Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. April 1, 2012.
- Maritime Piracy and the Impunity Gap: Insufficient National Laws or a Lack of Political Will? Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. September 1-4, 2011.
- Commitment to International Human Rights Treaties: The Role of Enforcement Mechanisms. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. April 2, 2011.
- Presenter and Panelist: 3CG Reinventing Governance Conference, University of
Colorado, Denver, CO. October 8-9, 2010.
- Commitment to the International Criminal Court: Do States View Strong Enforcement Mechanisms as a Credible Threat? Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. February 20, 2010.