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Hellen Smith

  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 717

    5037 DE Tilburg


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Hellen is a PhD Researcher on Dr. Linnet Taylor's ERC Global Data Justice Project within TILT. Her research interests are in digital surveillance laws, big data and power, data value chains, governance and ethics, and the impact of data technologies on people's privacy and other areas of human development.  Hellen's PhD research focuses on Kenya as a case study. 

Prior to joining TILT, Hellen worked a development policy Consultant for the Government of The Bahamas, in the Office of The Prime Minister.  Prior to that, she practised commercial and corporate law in law firms in Nassau and also taught Poverty law and International law at The University of the Bahamas/University of the West Indies law program.  

Hellen was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2003 by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn and has been registered as an Associate at the Supreme Court of The Bahamas since 2008.

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Master’s Degree, The London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Oct 201330 Sep 2014

Award Date: 11 Nov 2014

Law, Master’s Degree, King's College London, University of London

1 Oct 200330 Sep 2004

Award Date: 2 Oct 2004

Law, Other, Cardiff University

1 Sep 200230 Jul 2003

Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

Law, Bachelor’s Degree, University of Northampton

19 Oct 199930 Jul 2002

Award Date: 31 Jul 2002

External positions

I carry out consultancy work advising clients on human rights and development matters when contracted. (Mukiri Smith Consulting)

1 Dec 2017 → …


  • Property Rights
  • Poverty
  • Private International Law
  • Data Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • International Public Law
  • Democratic Governance
  • Development Studies
  • African Development
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