B.A., 1989, Columbia University
Evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure
Yvonne M. Dutton joined the Robert H. McKinney School of Law faculty in August 2012 as associate professor of law, teaching evidence, criminal law, and criminal procedure. Professor Dutton’s research interests outside of the classroom 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 is currently working on a book project about state commitment to the International Criminal Court.
Following her graduation from Columbia Law School, Professor Dutton clerked for the Honorable William C. Conner, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. After clerking, she 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. Professor Dutton has also practiced law as a civil litigator in law firms in New York and California (including Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher).
Dutton graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). While at Columbia Law School, Professor Dutton was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (all years), and was also on the editorial staff of the Columbia Law Review. Dutton was recently a fellow in Columbia’s Careers in Law Teaching Program. Dutton received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a concentration on international relations and comparative politics.
Books and Chapters
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.
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.
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 Junior Faculty Regional Workshop at Washington University School of Law. St. Louis, MO. April 5, 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.
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: 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.
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.