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Stephen Eliot Smith

BSc (Alta), JD (Queen’s), LLM (Harv)
Barrister and Solicitor of the Province of Alberta (Canada 2005)

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Contact

Email stephen.smith@otago.ac.nz
Office 8th Floor – 8N4

Teaching

I am Course Co-ordinator for LAWS101: The Legal System and I oversee the law students who operate the faculty tutorials for first-year students. Any inquiries or issues related to LAWS101 may be sent to me.

Research interests

International law, international criminal law, legal history, church and state.

Background

I have been a member of the Faculty of Law since 2006 and a Senior Lecturer since 2011. I attended the University of Alberta and studied law at Queen’s University in Canada and at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the faculty, I was a clerk to the justices of the Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and a barrister and solicitor in the Province of Alberta. In 2005, I was the Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Oklahoma.

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Publications

Smith, S. E. (2020). Political perceptions of Mormon polygamy and the struggle for Utah statehood, 1847-1896. In S. W. McBride, B. M. Rogers & K. A. Erekson (Eds.), Contingent citizens: Shifting perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American political culture. (pp. 128-145). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. doi: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0009

Fowler, R., & Smith, S. E. (2019). Lessons from Cambodia: Towards a victims-oriented approach to contextual transitional justice. New Zealand Journal of Public & International Law, 17(1), 93-125.

Smith, S. E. (2019). Has the Queen V Strawbridge been resurrected?: Cameron V R and public welfare offences [Case note]. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 28(2), 389-395.

Smith, S. (2017). Besson, Samantha. In M. Sellers & S. Kirste (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the philosophy of law and social philosophy. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_189-1

Smith, S. E. (2014). Reviving the obligatory abstention rule in the UN Security Council: Reform from the inside out. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 12, 15-27.

Smith, S. E. (2020). Political perceptions of Mormon polygamy and the struggle for Utah statehood, 1847-1896. In S. W. McBride, B. M. Rogers & K. A. Erekson (Eds.), Contingent citizens: Shifting perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American political culture. (pp. 128-145). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. doi: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0009

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, S. (2017). Besson, Samantha. In M. Sellers & S. Kirste (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the philosophy of law and social philosophy. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_189-1

Chapter in Book - Research

Fowler, R., & Smith, S. E. (2019). Lessons from Cambodia: Towards a victims-oriented approach to contextual transitional justice. New Zealand Journal of Public & International Law, 17(1), 93-125.

Journal - Research Article

Smith, S. E. (2014). Reviving the obligatory abstention rule in the UN Security Council: Reform from the inside out. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 12, 15-27.

Journal - Research Article

Smith, S. E. (2013). The way we do things back home: Do expatriate judges preferentially cite the jurisprudence of their home countries? Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 13(2), 331-345. doi: 10.5235/14729342.13.2.331

Journal - Research Article

Smith, S. E. (2012). “Going through all these things twice”: A brief history of botched executions. Otago Law Review, 12(4), 777-827.

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Smith, S. E. (2010). Barbarians within the gates: Congressional debates on Mormon polygamy, 1850–1879. Journal of Church & State, 51(4), 587-616. doi: 10.1093/jcs/csq021

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Smith, S. E. (2010). Definitely maybe: The outlook for U.S. relations with the International Criminal Court during the Obama administration. Florida Journal of International Law, 22(2), 156-189.

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Smith, S. E. (2010). Uncharted waters: Has the Cook Islands become eligible for membership in the United Nations? New Zealand Journal of Public & International Law, 8, 169-215.

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Smith, S. E. (2008). Inventing the laws of gravity: The ICC's initial Lubanga decision and its regressive consequences. International Criminal Law Review, 8(1-2), 331-352. doi: 10.1163/156753608X265321

Journal - Research Article

Smith, S. E. (2019). Has the Queen V Strawbridge been resurrected?: Cameron V R and public welfare offences [Case note]. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 28(2), 389-395.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, S. E. (2011). [Review of the book The philosophy of international law]. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 28(2), 221-223. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00525.x

Journal - Research Other

Smith, S. E. (2011). [Review of the book The principle of legality in international and comparative criminal law]. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 9, 404-405.

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Smith, S. E. (2010). [Review of the book Statutory interpretation and human rights]. Otago Law Review, 12(2), 429-433.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, S. E. (2009). [Review of the books International criminal law and An introduction to international criminal law and procedure]. Otago Law Review, 12(1), 211-214.

Journal - Research Other

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