Dr Tara Smith

Senior Lecturer in International Law & Human Rights

Affiliations

Contact info

Email: t.smith@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0) 1248 382585

Location: Room 201 (Top Floor), Athrolys, School of Law

Contact Info

Email: t.smith@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0) 1248 382585

Location: Room 201 (Top Floor), Athrolys, School of Law

Overview

Dr. Tara Smith is a Senior Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights and the School of Law's Director of Research and Director of Impact, Sustainability and Equality.

Dr. Smith's research explores contemporary challenges in international law and policy connecting climate change, armed conflict and environmental human rights. 

Dr. Smith joined Bangor Law School from the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, where she contributed key research to the ‘Corporate Offences and Regulatory Enforcement’ project proposing reforms to Irish law arising from the legacies of the banking and economic crisis in Ireland in 2008. Dr. Smith has previously worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Environment and Climate Change Unit of Ireland’s overseas development agency, Irish Aid. Dr. Smith has been a member of the Irish Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as a member of the EU Expert Group on Adaptation, where she contributed to the development of EU policy on climate change adaptation and loss and damage in the context of the international climate negotiations. Dr. Smith has also previously contributed significant research to the post-conflict and transitional justice work of the International Institute for Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in Siracusa, Italy. Dr. Smith began her academic career at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, in the National University of Ireland Galway.

Research

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on contemporary challenges in international law and policy connecting climate change, armed conflict and environmental human rights.

Applications for PhD research that explore these areas of internaitonal law and policy further are welcomed.

Teaching and Supervision

PhD Supervision

  • Dr. Soran Hussein Qader, "Reconceptualising the 'Uti Possidetis' Principle in the Context of Twenty-First Century State Creation"
  • Nnaoma Uzoamaka Ukachukwu, "Women and Non-International Armed Conflict: Making the Connection with UN Security Council resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and Military Operations in the Northeast of Nigeria"
  • Catherine Eniayeju, "Suggesting a Gender-Neutral Convention against Rape and Sexual Violence"

 

Current Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes and Modules

  • LL.M (Law) (programme director)
  • LL.B (English Law and French Law) (programme director)
  • SXL 4052 International Climate Change Law and Policy (module leader)
  • SXL 4045 International Law of Armed Conflict (module leader)
  • SXL 4041 International Criminal Law (module leader)
  • SXL 4300 Postgraduate Dissertation (supervisor)
  • SXL 3113 Undergraduate Dissertation (supervisor)
  • SXL 3110 International Law and Contemporary Issues (module co-leader)

 

Previous Programmes and Modules

  • SXL 4042 International Human Rights Law (module leader)
  • SXL 4040 Public International Law (module leader)
  • SXL 4047 Transitional Justice (module leader)
  • SXL 3110 International Law of Human Rights (module co-leader)
  • SXL 1112/2212 Contract Law (module leader)
  • SXL 2147/3147 International Environmental Law (module leader)
  • SXL 2146/3146 International Criminal Law (module leader)
  • SXL 4009 Legal Research Methods (lecturer)

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Professional , Diplôme de Français Professionnel Juridique
  • 2013 - PhD , Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Rights; Thesis titled "The Prohibition of Environmental Damage during the Conduct of Hostilities in Non-International Armed Conflict" (2008 - 2013)
  • 2009 - Professional , Attorney-at-Law, State of New York
  • 2007 - Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Human Rights Law (2006 - 2007)
  • 2006 - Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) (2003 - 2006)
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