Dr Rebecca Smith
Rebecca joined the Law Programme at St Mary’s University as a Lecturer in September 2015, having previously taught at University College London as a Teaching Fellow. Her teaching areas include Tort, Intellectual Property, and Business Law. She is also a Laws Research Project Supervisor and an Academic Tutor.
Rebecca’s research interests lie in normative jurisprudence, analytic moral philosophy, and legal and political theory, with a particular focus on the moral and ethical foundations of individual rights.
Her doctoral research examined the notion of incommensurability between human self-interest and our moral duties towards others in practical reason, and analysed the ways in which this influences our approach to reasoning about conflicts between fundamental human rights.
Rebecca’s current research focuses on the potential for consonance between contemporary egalitarian rights theory and specificationist methodologies for the resolution of incommensurable value conflicts. She also has research interests in partiality theory, feminist theories of rights, and genetic patenting and human dignity.
Rebecca welcomes approaches for research supervision in the areas of human rights, jurisprudence, legal and political theory, analytic moral philosophy, and feminist and critical legal studies.