Contact

Address

Jesus College

Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW

Other affiliations

Phone

01865 287256

Biography

Ewan Smith is the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College. He is an Associate at the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government and the Oxford University China Centre.

Ewan read law at Brasenose College and the University of Paris (B.A., DPhil) and at Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He has previously worked at Trinity and Hertford Colleges, at SOAS, and at Peking, Tsinghua and Renmin Universities in China. 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 affairs law and comparative public law. His doctorate explores the unwritten constitution in Britain and China. His research over the next two years will examine how the constitution regulates political parties, how treaties will shape the post-Brexit constitutional landscape, and why the law treats foreign policy as a special sort of government policy.

Ewan convenes the faculty's Public Law Discussion Group.

Publications

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  • E Smith, 'The Rule of Law Doctrine of the Politburo 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 Eirik 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

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