Professor Rhona Smith
Head of School
BackgroundRhona Smith joined Newcastle University in August 2016 as Professor of International Human Rights and Head of School. She has previously worked in various universities in the UK and held visiting positions at a number of institutions overseas. Her principal areas of interest are international human rights, human rights/civil liberties and public law. Much of her previous work has focussed on human rights capacity building in education and justice sectors.
ResearchDr Smith's research covers a range of international human rights and public law. International monitoring of human rights standards, particularly by the UN and applied research in human rights education have been recent foci.
TeachingThis academic year, Professor Smith is teaching on Human Rights, International Human Rights and International Criminal Law modules. She is also part of the team on Legal Simulation on the LLM programmes.
- Smith R. Criminological Issues and the UN: Key Issues and Trends. In: Weber, L; Fishwick, E; Marmo, M, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016, pp.18-29.
- Smith R. International Human Rights Law. In: Goodhart, M, ed. Human Rights: Politics and Practice. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Smith R. Textbook on International Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Smith R, Farran S. When is a Child not a Child and Other Questions - a commonwealth-wide overview. The Round Table: the commonwealth journal of international affairs 2016, 105(4), 363-375.
- Bakke-Fischenshou C, Borge-MacLeod M, Smith R. Capacity Building Approach for Human Rights Education in China: Nordic Experiences and Perspectives (with ) in DD. Chen and T. Chen (eds) International Engagement in China’s Human Rights, Routledge, 2015. In: Chen, DD; Chen, T, ed. International Engagement in China’s Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.
- Smith R, Bai GM. Higher Education in Human Rights within China – a ten-year review of the Peking University model. Asian Journal of Legal Education 2015, 15(2), 81-99.
- Smith R. Interaction between International Human Rights Law and the European Legal Framework. In: Geiger, C, ed. Human Rights and Intellectual Property: From Concepts to Practice. London: Edward Elgar, 2015.
- Smith R. Form over substance? - China’s contribution to human rights through universal periodic review. Asian Yearbook of International Law 2014, 17.
- Smith R. Prevention and Human Rights. In: Mihr, A; Gibney, M, ed. The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights. Sage, 2014.
- Smith R. Yilmaz-Dogan v The Netherlands (CERD): forum shopping and intersecting grounds of discrimination thirty years later. In: Brems, Eva and Desmet, Ellen, ed. Integrated Human Rights in Practice - rewriting human rights decisions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp.518. In Press.
- Smith R. Yilmaz-Dogan v The Netherlands (CERD): forum shopping and intersecting grounds of discrimination thirty years later. In: Brems,E. Desmet, E, ed. Integrated Human Rights in Practice. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017. In Preparation.
- Farran S, Smith R. Introduction. Round Table 2016, 105(4), 351-354.
- O'Brien D, Smith R. Realising the Right to Health for Young People in South Africa—Some Reflections. Round Table 2016, 105(4), 389-399.