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Biography

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

Ewan read law at Brasenose College and the University of Paris (B.A.) and at Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He has previously worked at Trinity and Hertford Colleges 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 explores how rules govern powerful institutions, with a focus on foreign affairs law and comparative public law. His doctorate examines the constitutional role played by political rules in Britain and China. His research over the next two years will look at how the UK constitution regulates political parties and why the law treats foreign policy differently to other government business.

Ewan convenes the faculty's Public Law Discussion Group.

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  • Smith, 'Acts of State in Belhaj and Rahmatullah' (2017) Law Quarterly Review [Case Note] (forthcoming)
  • Smith, 'The Rule of Law Doctrine of the Politburo' (2017) China Journal (forthcoming)

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Foreign Affairs

Comparative Public Law

Constitutional Theory

Chinese Politics

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Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Law (Mods)

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