Dr. Tara Smith joined Bangor Law School from the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. There, she was the principal legal researcher on a project entitled ‘Corporate Offences and Regulatory Enforcement’ which dealt with the legacies of the banking crisis and economic collapse in Ireland in 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Smith was a Policy Advisor with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working in the Environment and Climate Change Department of Ireland’s overseas development agency, Irish Aid. Dr. Smith was a member of the Irish Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Doha in 2012 and Warsaw in 2013 as well as a member of the EU Expert Group on Adaptation, developing EU policy on climate change adaptation for the international climate negotiations.
Dr. Smith previously developed and taught on the first undergraduate human rights degree programme in Ireland at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, and she has 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. She currently teaches transitional justice, international human rights law, public international law and contract law at Bangor Law School, and is developing new modules on international environmental law and climate change law to run from September 2016. She has previously taught international humanitarian law and legal research methods.
Dr. Smith has studied at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and was awarded a PhD degree by the National University of Ireland Galway in 2013 for her research on the protection of the environment in non-international armed conflict. She was previously awarded an LL.M degree in International Human Rights Law, also by the National University of Ireland Galway, and received her primary degree in law from University College Dublin. Dr. Smith is a qualified Attorney-at-Law in the State of New York.
Dr. Smith’s research interests are based on the interaction of issues in the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international environmental law, public international law, transitional justice, and climate change law and policy.