Dr Yewa Holiday is a Lecturer at the University of Chester and specialises in Criminal Justice and Migration. She joined the university from Queen Mary University of London where in 2017 she was awarded her doctorate on Article 31(1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Criminalisation of Refugees in England and Wales. Yewa was recently successful in obtaining funding from the Humanities and Social Sciences QMUL Collaboration Fund with Professors Guild and Mitsilegas for collaboration with the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) on a 7 month project, 'The Court of Appeal and the Criminalisation of Refugees’. She has experience in teaching postgraduates in Migration, Security and Human Rights law and undergraduates in Criminal Law, Land Law and Public Law.
She was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1996 (currently non-practising). Prior to her PhD, she worked at the Criminal Cases Review Commission in Birmingham, UK, where she reviewed a wide range of suspected miscarriages of justice including cases of terrorism, homicide, assault, and sexual abuse. Her specialism was in cases of refugees and victims of human trafficking convicted for offences related to their refugee or trafficked status contrary to international law and domestic criminal law.
Yewa completed her BA (Hons) Law at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University. She has first class LLMs in International Law (Cambridge) and International Criminal Law (Sussex).
Publications recent projects
- Mitsilegas V and Holiday Y, ‘The Criminalisation of Irregular Migration’ in Guild E and Basaran T (eds), The Migrant Premium –A Primer on the Economic Lives of International Labour Migrants (Routledge 2018 forthcoming).
- Gan and Holiday Y, ‘Gan’s Migrant Premium’ in Guild E and T Basaran (eds), The Migrant Premium –A Primer on the Economic Lives of International Labour Migrants (Routledge 2018 forthcoming).
- Yewa is working on turning her PhD into a book: The Criminalisation of Refugees in England and Wales in the context of Article 31(1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention (Brill). She is working on a chapter on the legal aspects of migration for The Handbook of Transnational Crime edited by Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas and Dr Saskia Hufnagel.