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Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith

UK Accountability Team Leader

Jacob is Rights and Security International's UK AccountabilityTeam Leader. He holds an LLM in Public International Law from UCL (2018-2019) and an LLB from the University of Surrey (2014-2018). He has a passion for the practical application of human rights and understanding the distinction between law and practice.

Jacob has previously worked with the international affairs think tank 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 has drafted briefings for a range of audiences as part of RSI's advocacy efforts, including for Parliament, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, Independent Reviews and UN Special Rapporteurs.

Jacob is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey and the University of the West of England, teaching modules on Data Governance, Human Rights, Humanitarian and International Law.