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Christ Church

Oxford OX1 1DP

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Biography

Dr Ewan Smith is a Fixed Term Student at Christ Church and an Early Career Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. He is an Associate at the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, and at the Oxford University China Centre. Before coming to Christ Church, Ewan was the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College.

Ewan read law at Brasenose College, at the University of Paris and at Harvard Law School. He has previously taught at SOAS and at Tsinghua and Renmin Universities in China and has been a Visiting Researcher at Peking University and at the National University of Singapore. He is admitted to practice in New York, where he worked for Debevoise and Plimpton LLP. Before returning to Oxford, he spent ten years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Ewan’s work looks at how rules govern powerful institutions, with a focus on foreign relations law and comparative public law. He is currently working on a monograph on the relationship between the written and unwritten constitutions and on two further research projects, Treaties, Brexit and the Constitution, and Partisanship and the Constitution.

Ewan teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, EU Law and Jurisprudence (FHS) and Constitutional Theory (BCL).

Publications

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  • E Smith, E Bjorge and A Lang, 'Treaties, Parliament and the Constitution' [2020] Public Law (forthcoming)
  • E Smith, 'The Conception of Legality under Xi Jinping' in Sue Trevaskes and Rogier Creemers (eds), Law and the Party in Xi Jinping’s China: Ideology and Organization (Cambridge University Press 2019) (forthcoming)
  • E Smith, 'The Rule of Law in Party Documents' (2019) China Law and Society Review (forthcoming)
  • E Smith and E Bjorge, 'The United Kingdom' in Fulvio Maria Palombino (ed), Duelling for Supremacy: International Law and National Fundamental Principles (Cambridge University Press 2019)
    ISBN: 9781108475266
  • E Smith, 'Whose Socialism? Whose Legality?' (2019) Asian Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming)
  • E Smith, 'Acts of State in Belhaj and Rahmatullah' (2018) 134 Law Quarterly Review 20 [Case Note]
  • E Smith, 'The Rule of Law Doctrine of the Politburo' (2018) 79 China Journal 40

Events organised by Ewan Smith

Past events

26 Jun 2019

Wednesday - 9:00AM

Political Parties, Partisanship, and the Constitution

Venue

Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

18 Jun 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Book Launch - Joe Tomlinson - Justice in the Digital State

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Dr Joe Tomlinson

Speaker Affiliation

Lecturer in Public Law, King’s College London; Research Director, Public Law Project

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

04 Jun 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Stefan Theil - The German Network Enforcement Law (NetzDG)

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Dr Stefan Theil

Speaker Affiliation

Bonavero Institute for Human Rights

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

28 May 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Ronald van Crombrugge - A Democratic Defense of Referendums

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Ronald van Crombrugge

Speaker Affiliation

Leuven University

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

14 May 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Keisuke Abe - LGBT Rights in Japan:  Current Status and Future Prospects

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Professor Keisuke Abe

Speaker Affiliation

Seikei University

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

07 May 2019

Tuesday - 1:15PM

Samuel Murray - Inherent Executive Power in Ireland: Lessons for Australia

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Samuel Murray

Speaker Affiliation

Lincoln College

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

05 Mar 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Li-kung (Ken) Chen - The Continuity of States

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Li-kung (Ken) Chen

Speaker Affiliation

Trinity College, Dublin

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

05 Feb 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

Tribunals/Courts in England and Switzerland: A Comparative Perspective *NOTE VENUE CHANGE

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Beatrix Schibli

Speaker Affiliation

University of St Gallen

Venue

Jesus College - Seminar Room B

22 Jan 2019

Tuesday - 1:00PM

What's the Party Like?

Public Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Udit Bhatia

Speaker Affiliation

Jesus College

Venue

Jesus College Peter North Room

Research projects