Stefaan Smis is part-time reader in international law at the University of Westminster. He is also a professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) where he lectures on international law, international human rights law and international dispute settlement. He also teaches international criminal law and the law of internal armed conflicts at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence.
He has participated in various research projects financed by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and the Flemish Inter-University Council for Development Cooperation. He is currently leading an inter-university development cooperation project between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Catholic University of Bukavu (DR Congo) that has created a human rights and humanitarian law center in Bukavu to train local judges, lawyers, parliamentarians, civil servants, and civil society activists in human rights and international humanitarian law with the aim to contribute in fighting human rights abuses in Eastern Congo.
Dr Stefaan Smis is member of the comité scientifique et rédactionel of Revue de droit africain, editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, corresponding editor for Belgium for the International Legal Materials (American Society of International Law), secretary of the Belgian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and former member of the ILA International Committee on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and listed as one of the five Belgian ad hoc judges at the European Court of Human Rights.
As an activist Stefaan Smis is member of Amnesty International Flanders, is founding member and member of the board of VORMEN (Flemish Organisation for Human Rights Education), member of the board of IPIS (International Peace Information Service) and member of the board and currently vice-president of Recherches et Documentation Juridiques Africaines (R.D.J.A. Asbl).
Dr. Smis is interested in international law, international dispute settlement, human rights law, humanitarian law, the prosecution of grave breaches of human rights, states in transition and regional and economic integration in Africa. He supervises PhDs in these and related fields.
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This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.
Smis, Stefaan and Cambou, Dorothee and Ngende, Genny (2013) The question of land grab in Africa and the indigenous peoples’ right to traditional lands, territories and resources. Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, 35. p. 493. ISSN 1533-5860
Inman, Derek and Smis, Stefaan and Cambou, Dorothee (2013) "We will remain idle no more": the shortcomings of Canada’s ‘Duty to Consult’ indigenous peoples. Goettingen Journal of International Law, 5 (1). pp. 251-285. ISSN 1868-1581
Smis, Stefaan (2011) The UN mapping report on crimes committed in the DRC between 1993 and 2003: from a responsibility to remember to a responsibility to react. In: L’Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire 2010-2011. L'Harmattan, pp. 105-125. ISBN 9782296129863
Brems, Eva and Wouters, Jan and Smis, Stefaan and Schmitt, Pierre, eds. (2010) Accountability for human rights violations by international organizations. Intersentia, Antwerp, pp. 485-504. ISBN 9789050957465
Smis, Stefaan and Kingah, Stephen Sevidzem and Janssens, Christine (2010) TRIPs and human rights: access to cheaper AIDS medicines. In: Accountability for human rights violations by international organizations. Intersentia, Antwerp, pp. 485-504. ISBN 9789050957465
Smis, Stefaan and Kingah, Stephen Sevidzem (2010) Unassertive interregionalism in the Great Lakes Region. In: The European Union and the global South. Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO, pp. 205-224. ISBN 9781588263018
Smis, Stefaan and Kingah, Stephen Sevidzem (2009) Southern African development community. In: International encyclopaedia of laws: intergovernmental organizations. Kluwer Law International, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789041107756
Smis, Stefaan and Kingah, Stephen Sevidzem (2008) The utility of counter-terrorism and non-proliferation of WMD clauses under the EU-ACP revised Cotonou Agreement. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 57 (1). pp. 149-168. ISSN 0020-5893
Kingah, Stephen Sevidzem and Smis, Stefaan and Söderbaum, Fredrik (2008) How countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can use the World Trade Organisation and the European Community flexibilities for better access to affordable HIV/AIDS medicines. In: Monitoring regional integration in Southern Africa yearbook. Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, pp. 270-302. ISBN 9780981422121
Schreurs, Wim and Eggermont, Frederic and Smis, Stefaan and Paepe, Pieter (2008) Praktijkboek Rechtsmethodologie. Inleiding tot het opzoeken en analyseren van de bronnen van nationaal, Europees en internationaal recht. 2nd revised edition. Die Keure, Bruges. ISBN 9789048600656
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