Professor Stefaan Smis

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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).

  • Module Leader LLM International Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Law (LLM)

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.

Doctoral researchers supervised - completed 10

2013

The question of land grab in Africa and the indigenous peoples’ right to traditional lands, territories and resources (2013)
Smis, S., Cambou, D. and Ngende, G.
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 35 493 1533-5860
"We will remain idle no more": the shortcomings of Canada’s ‘Duty to Consult’ indigenous peoples (2013)
Inman, D., Smis, S. and Cambou, D.
"We will remain idle no more": the shortcomings of Canada’s ‘Duty to Consult’ indigenous peoples Goettingen Journal of International Law 5 (1) 251-285 1868-1581

2008

Over de wet van communicerende vaten: artikelen 60 en 61 van het Afrikaans Handvest voor de Rechten van de Mens en Volkeren (2008)
Smis, S. and Janssens, C.
Over de wet van communicerende vaten: artikelen 60 en 61 van het Afrikaans Handvest voor de Rechten van de Mens en Volkeren Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten 4 101-112
The Southern African Development Community (2008)
Kingah, S.S. and Smis, S.
The Southern African Development Community Newsletter of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law
The utility of counter-terrorism and non-proliferation of WMD clauses under the EU-ACP revised Cotonou Agreement (2008)
Smis, S. and Kingah, S.S.
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) 149-168 0020-5893

2003

De wet betreffende ernstige schendingen van het internationaal humanitair recht in theorie en praktijk (2003)
Smis, S.
De wet betreffende ernstige schendingen van het internationaal humanitair recht in theorie en praktijk Driemaandelijks Tijdschrift van de Stichting Auschwitz 80-81 7-28 0772-652X

2002

Complex political emergencies, the international community & the Congo conflict (2002)
Smis, S. and Oyatambwe, W.
Complex political emergencies, the international community & the Congo conflict Review of African Political Economy 29 (93/94) 411-430 0305-6244

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 (2011)
Smis, S.
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: Marysse, S., Reyntjens, F. and Vandeginste, S. (ed.) L’Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire 2010-2011 L'Harmattan pp. 105-125

2010

TRIPs and human rights: access to cheaper AIDS medicines (2010)
Smis, S., Kingah, S.S. and Janssens, C.
TRIPs and human rights: access to cheaper AIDS medicines in: Brems, E., Wouters, J., Smis, S. and Schmitt, P. (ed.) Accountability for human rights violations by international organizations Antwerp Intersentia pp. 485-504
Unassertive interregionalism in the Great Lakes Region (2010)
Smis, S. and Kingah, S.S.
Unassertive interregionalism in the Great Lakes Region in: Söderbaum, F. and Stålgren, P. (ed.) The European Union and the global South Boulder, CO Lynne Rienner pp. 205-224

2009

Southern African development community (2009)
Smis, S. and Kingah, S.S.
Southern African development community in: Wouters, J. (ed.) International encyclopaedia of laws: intergovernmental organizations The Netherlands Kluwer Law International

2008

Ethiopia and the right to secession in international and comparative law (2008)
Smis, S.
Ethiopia and the right to secession in international and comparative law in: Brems, E. and Van der Beke, C. (ed.) Federalism and the Protection of Human Rights in Ethiopia Berlin Lit Verlang pp. 107-125
De internationale bescheming van inheemse volkeren (2008)
Smis, S.
De internationale bescheming van inheemse volkeren in: Wouters, J. and Ryngaert, C. (ed.) Mensenrechten actuele brandpunten Leuven Acco pp. 209-223
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 (2008)
Kingah, S.S., Smis, S. and Söderbaum, F.
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: Bösl, A., Breytenbach, W., Hartzenberg, T., McCarthy, C. and Schade, K. (ed.) Monitoring regional integration in Southern Africa yearbook Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa

2006

De doorwerking van het internationaal recht in de Belgische en Russische nationale rechtsorde: een rechtvergelijkende analyse (2006)
Smis, S.
De doorwerking van het internationaal recht in de Belgische en Russische nationale rechtsorde: een rechtvergelijkende analyse in: Wouters, J. and Van eeckhoutte, D. (ed.) Doorwerking van het internationaal recht in de Belgische rechtsorde Antwerpen Intersentia pp. 119-137

2002

The relationship between international and domestic law: the case of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Russian domestic legal order (2002)
Smis, S.
The relationship between international and domestic law: the case of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Russian domestic legal order in: Franckx, E. and Smis, S. (ed.) The reception of international law in Central and Eastern Europe Antwerp/Apeldoorn Maklu pp. 115-142

2008

Praktijkboek Rechtsmethodologie. Inleiding tot het opzoeken en analyseren van de bronnen van nationaal, Europees en internationaal recht. 2nd revised edition (2008)
Schreurs, W., Eggermont, F., Smis, S. and Paepe, P.
Praktijkboek Rechtsmethodologie. Inleiding tot het opzoeken en analyseren van de bronnen van nationaal, Europees en internationaal recht. 2nd revised edition Bruges Die Keure
Juridische verwijzingen en afkortingen (2008)
De Boeck, A., Hendrickx, K., Malliet, C., Martyn, G., Smis, S., Tilleman, B. and Vanheule, D.
Juridische verwijzingen en afkortingen Mechelen Kluwer

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