Yvonne holds a BA (hons) degree in History and Religious Studies from Lancaster University and a MA in International Slavery Studies from the University of Liverpool, she went on to graduate with Distinction from Liverpool John Moores University with a Graduate Diploma in Law. In 2013 she enrolled as a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Liverpool Law School.


Yvonne's research focuses on the concept of ‘modern slavery’ and practices such as slavery and trafficking. The idea of ‘modern slavery’ is complex and encompasses a wide range of different exploitative practices. However, from a legal perspective it represents the blurring of the boundaries between different practices - slavery and trafficking. Yvonne’s research interest therefore, lies in attempting to unravel what the concept is understood to mean, but, also how its use impacts on the development of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking legal and policy responses. The thesis considers a number of concerns surrounding the formulation of the concept of 'modern slavery' and the blurring of legal boundaries and the expansion of the boundaries surrounding human trafficking and slavery.

Theis title

Exploring Modern Slavery and The Modern Slavery Act 2015: How does The Framing of 'Modern Slavery' Limit the Efficacy of Legislative and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking and Slavey?


Yvonne Mellon, Alexandra Woods, 'Irregular Victims: Investigating the Immigration Status Decisions of Post-NRM Victims of Human Trafficking, the Availability of Eligible Benefits and the Related Impact on Victims of Trafficking' Journal of Modern Slavery (Forthcoming Spring 2019)

Yvonne Mellon, Amy Weatherburn,‘Child Trafficking Victims and Legal Guardians: Exploring the fulfilment of the EU Trafficking Directive in the Context of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – best practice or not fit for purpose?' New Journal of European Criminal Law (forthcoming)