Sean Shun Ming Yau is Researcher at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Department of Criminal Law.
Sean is Reporter at Oxford Reports on International Law and Research Assistant at the UN International Law Commission on the topic of jus cogens. He was formerly affiliated with the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School (Research Assistant), the International Criminal Court (Legal Assistant to the African Union; Judicial Intern to the Appeals Chamber) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Researcher).
Sean's research theorises criminal assistance for international crimes. It attempts to reconceptualise how the law on the attribution of criminal responsibility is able to respond to new sociological phenomena in a systemic and contextual manner, and whether, in case of legal lacunae and deficiencies, it should be adjusted on the basis of a proper philosophical foundation. The research is part of the project "The Outer Limits of Secondary Liability for International Crimes and Serious Human Rights Violations" funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (VICI grant) and directed by Professor Göran Sluiter.
Generally, Sean's research interests include the function of international law, international/domestic law cross-fertilisation and international criminal law and its interaction with general public international law.
‘Academic Amici and the Legitimacy of International Criminal Court: Some Reflections on the Al Bashir Appeal’ Cambridge International Law Journal Blog (19 November 2018).
‘Blurring the Beginning of Non-International Armed Conflict: The Frustration of Legal Paradigms in Response to Terrorism’ (2017) 52(2) Groningen Journal of International Law 241.
Co-Prosecutors v Meas (Muth), Decision on [Redacted]'s appeal against International Co-Investigating Judge's consolidated decision on the International Co-Prosecutor's requests to disclose Case 003 documents into Case 002 (D100/25 and D100/29), Case No 003/07-09-2009-ECCC/OCIJ (PTC31), Doc No D100/32/1/7, ICL 1807 (ECCC 2017), 15 February 2017 (Oxford Reports on International Law)