Dr Tara Smith

Lecturer in International Law & Human Rights


Contact info

Email: t.smith@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0) 1248 388634

Location: Room 010 (Ground Floor), Athrolys, School of Law

Contact Info

Email: t.smith@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0) 1248 388634

Location: Room 010 (Ground Floor), Athrolys, School of Law


Dr. Tara Smith is Co-Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law, Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights and Co-Leader of the Law of the Sea and Climate Change Research Group at Bangor University's School of Law. She also serves as the School of Law's Exams Officer and Academic Integrity Officer. Dr. Smith's research explores key questions of international law and policy connecting the global challenges of climate change, armed conflict, human rights and transitional justice. Dr. Smith joined Bangor Law School from the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, where she was working on a project entitled ‘Corporate Offences and Regulatory Enforcement’, proposing reforms to Irish law arising from the legacies of the banking and economic crisis in Ireland in 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Smith was a Policy Advisor with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she worked in the Environment and Climate Change Unit of Ireland’s overseas development agency, Irish Aid. During this time Dr. Smith was 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 where she co-ordinated and lectured on the first undergraduate human rights degree programme in Ireland.


Dr. Smith’s research interests lie in the field of international law and her research focuses on cross-cutting issues like the protection of the environment in armed conflict, the prosecution of environment-related crimes under international criminal law, and human rights in the context of climate change.

Teaching and Supervision

PhD Supervision

  • Dr. Soran Hussein Qader, "Reconceptualising the 'Uti Possidetis' Principle in the Context of Twenty-First Century State Creation"
  • Dr. Tanya Faye Herring, "The Palermo Protocols and a Conduit to Legal Empowerment for Stateless Rohingya Children in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, and Burma at risk of Human Trafficking"
  • Nomfundo Ndlwana, "An Argument for the Inclusion of the Objects of International Law as Litigants before the International Court of Justice"
  • 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"


Current Undergraduate and Posgraduate Programmes and Modules

  • LL.M (Law) (programme director)
  • SXL 4045 International Law of Armed Conflict (module leader)
  • SXL 4041 International Criminal Law (module leader)
  • SXL 4052 International Climate Change Law and Policy (module leader)
  • SXL 4009 Legal Research Methods (lecturer)
  • SXL 4300 Postgraduate Dissertation (supervisor)
  • SXL 3110 International Law and Contemporary Issues (module leader)
  • SXL 3113 Undergraduate Dissertation (supervisor)
  • Erasmus Teaching Exchange, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole


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 leader)
  • SXL 1112/2212 Contract Law (module leader)
  • SXL 2147/3147 International Environmental Law (module leader)
  • SXL 2146/3146 International Criminal Law (module leader)

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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