Graham Smith

Graham Smith


  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Law
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Personal profile


BA (Econ) Manchester; PhD University College, London

In the 1980s and 1990s Graham was a civil rights activist in Hackney, North London and went on to set up a consultancy that advised lawyers on police misconduct. He is a consultant on human rights to the Council of Europe, specialising on combating impunity for ill-treatment.  

Research interests

Member of ManReg: The Manchester Centre for Regulation and Governance. 

Principal research interests are:

  • Police misconduct and legal remedies
  • Police accountability  

Current research projects:

  • Combating impunity for human rights abuse

Further information

Available to supervise research in connection with police organisations and their relations with the public whether in the form of law enforcement, counter-terrorism, public safety or community relations.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Consultant on human rights law, Council of Europe

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2019

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • Human rights


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