Research Associates

Yuna Han

Dr Yuna Han’s research focuses yuna.han-222 on the intersection of international law and politics, specifically regarding international criminal justice and human rights prosecutions pertaining to weaker states of the international system. She is interested in understanding the political ramifications of prosecuting individuals for instances of mass violence, such as war crimes or genocide. She also works on the concept of sovereign authority and agency in IR theory, as well as the impact of individualisation of responsibility of violence more broadly in the international system. She has previously conducted research on post-genocide politics in Rwanda.

Dr Han has received her DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government with honours from Harvard University, and a MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge.


Helen McDermott

Dr Helen McDermott ihelen.mcdermott-222s a Research Associate on the ERC-funded project “The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law and Politics of Armed Conflict”. Helen’s research focuses on the relationship
between international legal frameworks in the situations of armed conflict. She has published articles on aspects of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and the rules on interstate force.

Helen is a member of the New York State Bar and holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law, and a Masters in International Criminal Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. Before joining the project, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Law Faculty, University of Oxford. Helen has lectured in public international law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law and was a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, NYU (2014). In 2010, Helen interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights, NY.