Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor Rhona Smith

Professor of International Human Rights


Rhona Smith joined Newcastle University in August 2016 as Professor of International Human Rights.  She was Head of School from 2016 through to 2020. 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.


Dr 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. 


This 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.