Ewan Smith is a Lecturer at Trinity College. He is admitted to practice in New York, where he worked for Debevoise and Plimpton.

In 2005, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and worked on UK policy towards the Middle East and China. From 2009-2014 he was posted to Beijing, where he analysed developments in Chinese leadership politics and government policy, with a particular focus on the reform of the legal system and the fight against corruption.


Ewan has previously taught in SOAS, Renmin University and Tsinghua University. From 2009 to 2010, he was a Senior Research Scholar at Peking University Law School.


Ewan is currently reading for the DPhil, supervised by Nick Barber. His research is focussed on law and politics in Britain and China. He co-convenes the Public Law Discussion Group.


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