Dr Yewa S Holiday

Lecturer in Law

Yewa is a Lecturer in Law 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.

Email: y.holiday@chester.ac.uk

Twitter: @yyadiloh

Qualifications

  • PhD Queen Mary University of London.
  • LLM International Criminal Law (Distinction), Sussex University.
  • Barrister (currently non-practising).
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law.
  • LLM International Law (First class), Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University.
  • BA (Hons) Law, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University.

Funding, awards and scholarships

  • 2017, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Collaboration Fund, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with Professors Guild and Mitsilegas for research on the Court of Appeal and the criminalisation of refugees.
  • 2013, Best poster award for ‘Prosecuting the persecuted: refugee journeys,’ QMUL Postgraduate Law Conference.
  • 2012-2015, QMUL School of Law Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Professional Membership

  • Member Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Affiliate, Refugee Law Initiative
  • Member Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of Middle Temple and the Bar of England and Wales

Overview

Dr Holiday is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice. 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.

Teaching

Yewa will be teaching Criminal Law and related courses from September 2018. She is currently covering a sabbatical and organises and lectures on Professor Elspeth Guild’s LLM module in Migration, Security and Human Rights at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Research

Yewa’s research interests lie in the criminalisation of migration, international refugee law, criminal law and criminal law theory. She was recently successful in obtaining funding from the HSS 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’.

Published work

Journals

  • ‘Book review, Ana Aliverti Crimes of Mobility. Criminal Law and the Regulation of Immigration, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013’ (2014) European Journal of Migration and Law 16, 303-307.
  • ‘In defence of refugees’, (2013) Law Society Gazette (LSG), 16 September 2013.
  • ‘Victims of human trafficking and the CCRC’, (2012) LSG (online), 25 October 2012.
  • ‘CCRC concern over advice given to refugees’, (2012) LSG (online), 14 June 2012.

Books/book chapters

  • 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).
  •  ‘The Christmas my mother wrote Samwise Gamgee’ in Abelvik-Lawson H, Hett A and Sumpton L (eds), In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights (Human Rights Consortium 2013).

In preparation

Yewa is working on turning her PhD into a book: The Criminalisation of Refugees in England and Wales (Brill). She has completed a chapter on the prosecution of asylum seekers for The Handbook of International Refugee Law (Elgar forthcoming) edited by Professor Satvinder Juss; and 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.

Public engagement and academic conferences

  • ‘The Problem with the Prosecution of Refugees’, Border Criminologies Blog, Oxford University (24 March 2017).
  •  ‘The Function of the Criminal Law in the Prosecution of Refugees’, Border Criminologies, Oxford University Blog (23 June 2015).
  • ‘Syrian asylum seekers without passports to appeal their convictions’, The Justice Gap Blog (23 April 2015).
  • Penalising Refugees: when should the CJEU have jurisdiction to interpret Article 31 of the Refugee Convention? EU Law Analysis Blog (19 July 2014).
  • ‘A Place of Greater Safety: the prosecution of refugees for passport offences'’, Border Criminologies Blog, Oxford University (26 February 2014).
  • ‘Prosecuting the persecuted: the impact of wrongful convictions for refugees’, The Justice Gap Blog (22 January 2014).
  •  ‘Refugees and Bills of Rights’, WG Hart Legal Workshop 2018 –‘Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights’, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 11th and 12th June 2018 (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Criminalisation of Refugees and the Function of the Criminal Law’, Understanding causes and consequences of criminalization of migration, Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Peace Institute, CINETS, and International Law Association of Slovenia, City Hotel, Ljubljana, 17-18 May 2018 (forthcoming).
  •  Chair of session on ‘Terrorism and Exclusion from Asylum’, Terrorism and Asylum Workshop, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), School of Advanced Study, University of London, 8 December 2017.
  • ‘The prosecution of refugees for irregular entry and presence in the context of terrorism’, Terrorism and Asylum Workshop, RLI, School of Advanced Studies, 7 December 2017.
  • Chair of session on ‘Children and asylum’, SLSA Conference, (Refugee law panel), University of Lancaster, 6 April 2016.
  • ‘Refugees and the Misuse of the Criminal Law’ presented at SLSA Conference, (Refugee law panel), Lancaster University, 6 April 2016; and North East Crime Research Network Conference, Northumbria University, 7 April 2016.
  • ‘The criminalisation of refugees and the function of the criminal law’, Criminal adjudication in the age of migration: an international workshop (organized by Dr Ana Aliverti and Professor Mary Bosworth), Oxford University, 17-18 March 2016.
  • ‘Refugees and the misuse of the criminal law’, SLS Conference, York University, 1-4 September 2015.
  •  ‘The historical background to Article 31(1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention from a UK perspective’, presented at QM PG Legal Research Conference (Legal history panel), 4 June 2015; and SLSA Conference (Refugee law panel), Warwick University, 31 March – 2 April 2015.
  • Invited speaker on ‘Article 31(1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention’,’ Article 31 (1) of the Refugee Convention and the Scottish Criminal Justice System, Procurator’s Library (Scottish Refugee Council and Faculty of Advocates), Glasgow, 21 May 2015.
  • ‘The Drowned and the Saved: considering access to asylum via section 31(7) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999’, presented at QM PG Legal Research Conference (Criminal Law panel), 5 June 2014; and Early Career Researcher Symposium on Asylum, Monash University, Prato Center, Italy, 28 (29-30) May 2014.
  • ‘ “Spectators in their own case”: the trials of refugees prosecuted for passport type offences’, PG Research Conference, Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Durham University, 7 May 2014.
  • ‘Between a rock and a hard place: contrasting section 31 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004’, Newcastle Law School PG Research Conference, 3-4 April 2014.
  • ‘The Drowned and the Saved: considering prosecution and persecution in the light of section 31(5) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999’, Migration and Law Network 2014 Conference, Birkbeck, 28-29 March 2014.
  • ‘A Place of Greater Safety: section 31(7) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or putting the criminal cart before the refugee horse’, University of Liverpool International PG Legal Conference, 4 July 2013.
  • ‘Prosecuting the persecuted: refugee journeys’ (poster), presented at The Howard League for Penal Reform International Conference, Oxford University, 1-2 October 2013; and QMUL PG Law Conference, 6 June 2013 (Winner of best poster presentation).