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Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith

Research and Advocacy Officer

Jacob is a Research and Advocacy Officer at Rights and Security International. He holds an LLM in Public International Law from UCL (2018-2019) in which he had a strong focus on International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, and an LLB from the University of Surrey (2014-2018). He has a passion for the practical application of human rights and the distinction between law and practice in the field.

Jacob has previously interned with Chatham House, providing research assistance on COVID-19, climate change and Public International Law, and has also worked on a report for the International Committee of the Red Cross’ ‘IHL in Action’ project. Jacob also provides research assistance on projects conducted by a number of academics at UCL and the University of Nottingham, primarily on issues relating to International Human Rights Law or Public International Law more generally -- his current project involves reviewing and editing a leading International Law textbook.

At Rights and Security International, Jacob works on legal and advocacy work for a range of our UK, Northern Ireland and International legal and policy areas. Jacob has drafted or co-drafted briefings for a range of audiences as part of our advocacy efforts, including for Parliament, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, Independent Reviews and UN Special Rapporteurs.