Samuel is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at the Faculty of Law. In his doctoral work, Samuel explores how law and legal institutions reinforce or contest wider structures of societal values, including the pursuit of economic growth, the expansion of markets, and environmental protection. Particularly, by focusing on the expository aim of adjudication, he examines how the common law constitutes and articulates these legal values in England.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Samuel graduated from Stanford Law School, where he completed a Master of Laws programme. He also holds a Diploma in Urban Planning from the Institute of Urban Studies UC and a degree in Law and Social Sciences from the University of Chile School of Law (Summa Cum Laude).

Samuel began his career as a legal advisor to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of Chile, conducting research on constitutional and administrative law. He also worked for several years for an environmental, land use and natural resources boutique law firm in Santiago, representing private enterprises before agencies and courts, and participating in consultancies to government bodies. Likewise, he held academic positions in different universities in Chile.




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  • S Ruiz-Tagle , 'Samuel Smith and Judicial Review of Policy Interpretation: A Middle Way in the Law and Policy Divide' (2020) JEL (forthcoming)

Research Interests

Public Law, Administrative law, Legal Theory and Social Theory.

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