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 and Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights at Bangor University's School of Law. Dr. Smith 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. 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"
  • Soran Hussein Qader, "Reconceptualising the 'Uti Possidetis' Principle in the Context of Twenty-First Century State Creation"
  • Nomfundo Ndlwana, "An Argument for the Inclusion of the Objects of International Law as Litigants before the International Court of Justice"


Current Undergraduate and Posgraduate Programmes and Modules

  • LL.M (Law) (programme director)
  • SXL 4045 International Law of Armed Conflict
  • SXL 4041 International Criminal Law
  • SXL 4052 International Climate Change Law and Policy (module leader)
  • SXL 4009 Legal Research Methods (lecturer)
  • SXL 4300 Postgraduate Dissertation (supervisor)
  • SXL 2147/3147 International Environmental Law (module leader)
  • SXL 2146/3146 International Criminal Law (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 (co-ordinated with Dr. Yvonne McDermott-Rees)
  • SXL 1112/2212 Contract Law

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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