Position PhD Candidate
Institution University of Liverpool – School of Law and Social Justice
Discipline Law
Affiliations Liverpool International Law and Human Rights UnitLiverpool Critical Approaches to International Criminal LawCentre for the Study of International Slavery
Other links University Profile; Academia.edu
Contact  Y.Mellon@liverpool.ac.uk

Personal Bio

IMG_0813After completing a BA (hons) degree in History and Religious Studies from Lancaster University and a MA in International Slavery Studies from the University of Liverpool, Yvonne went on to graduate with Distinction from Liverpool John Moores University with a Graduate Diploma in Law. Yvonne is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Liverpool. Her thesis explores the concept of ‘modern slavery’ and utilises the Modern Slavery Act 2015 examine contemporary legal responses to human trafficking, modern slavery and labour exploitation.

Research Profile

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Exploring Modern Slavery and its effect on Legislative Responses to Slavery, Trafficking and Labour Exploitation.

Yvonne’s doctoral research focuses on the concept of modern slavery and specifically defined practices such as slavery and trafficking. The thesis therefore, considers a number of doctrinal concerns surrounding the formulation of the concept of modern slavery, the blurring of legal boundaries and the subsequent domain expansion of human trafficking and slavery. This project then analyses the effect this has on contemporary legal responses to slavery, trafficking and labour exploitation focussing on the Modern Slavery Act 2015, asking the question does the application of the concept modern slavery to legal responses benefit victims?

Yvonne’s research covers a broad range of fields, including, international criminal law, human rights, domestic law and migration.


Yvonne Mellon, Amy Weatherburn, Child Trafficking Victims and Legal Guardians: Exploring the fulfillment of the requirement of the EU Trafficking, New Journal of European Criminal Law (forthcoming)

Alexandra Woods, Yvonne Mellon, Irregular Victims: Investigating the Immigration Status Decisions of Post-NRM Victims of Human Trafficking and the Impact on victims of Trafficking, Journal of Modern Slavery [2019] (forthcoming)