Professional  Career & Public Speaking

Public Speaking & Conference Papers

Media and AI Law

2024 Global Law Conference, Northeastern University Boston & London. 13 March 2024 ‘The law – what’s next: the impact of AI on the future of legal services’. Conference organiser Ursula Smartt, Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern:  

2023  ‘Who’s slapping whom? Strategic lawsuits against public participation.’ Keynote speech at the new Harvard Theatre, Leeds Law School, 14 November 2023:

2021   ‘Upholding digital rights and media plurality. Does self-regulation by social media platforms contravene freedom of expression?’, keynote speech given at the LETS Lab Digital Lounge series, Greenwich University Law School, 10 Oct 2021:

2022 ‘Diversity and the Judiciary’. Judicial Conference Northeastern University London, Ministry of Justice recruitment drive for magistrates in the community. Conference organiser Ursula Smartt. 2 Nov 2022.

April 2020        ‘Regulating online harm’. Conference paper, British and Irish Law Education Technology Association (BILETA) Tilburg University, The Netherlands (online conference during Covid 19 lockdown).

Prison Policy and Criminal Justice Research 

Dec 2020         U Smartt and Sorin Hadarca. Presentation to the National Prison Administration of the Republic of Moldova and the Ministry of Justice of Moldova: Report and findings of the study into ‘Economic Activities in Correctional Industries of the Republic of Moldova’ with recommendations for legislation to enable the founding of correctional industries and for prisoners to work contractually for third party outside contractors whilst serving a prison sentence.

June 2007  ‚Sozialisierung und Rehabilitation im Vollzug: Sind Gefängnisse die Achillessehne unserer Gesellschaft?’ (‘Resocialization and rehabilitation: are prisons the Achilles heal of our society?’). International Penal Reform Congress, Berlin, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

April 2006 ‘What works in correctional industries: meaningful work for prisoners.’ International Human Rights Congress, Riga, Latvia.

August 2005 ‘Honour Killings: impact on EU countries’. European Union of Women Annual Congress, Bern, Switzerland.

March 2003 ‘What works in prison programs?- European perspectives in prison industrial and educational programs.’ ACA Annual Congress, Denver, Colorado, USA.

February 2002 ‘European aspects of prison labour and education’, Correctional Services of New South Wales Conference, Sydney, Australia.

December 2001 ‘Public Attitudes to Punishment in Germany’. International Symposium, Southwark Cathedral Conference.

Memberships and Associations

Member of the editorial board European Journal of Intellectual Property Law (EIPL)

Member of the editorial board International Journal of Law and Information Technology

Member of the editorial board (‘Foreign Correspondent’) ‚Zeitschrift für Strafvollzug und Straffälligenhilfe’. German penological prisons and probation journal

European Society of International Law (ESIL)

Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS)

Fellowship Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2001)

British Society of Criminology - Honorary Member British Society of Criminology U Smartt 

Magistrates’ Association (2003 - 2020). Executive Committee Surrey Magistrates’ Association (SMA) (2011 - 2013)

German National Advisory Board for Socialwork in Prisons: „Beiratsausschuss der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Soziale Arbeit im Justizvollzug“ (BAG) (2007 - 2009)


2016 -2020  Sentencing Council, Adviser on Pilot Schemes for new sentencing guidelines    (e.g. stalking; knife crime).

2010 - 2020    Magistrate and Presiding Justice (Youth and Adult Court), Surrey and Sussex Bench. Licensing Appeals; Crown Court appeals. Magistrates’ Appraiser. Mentor to new magistrates. Now on the magistrates’ reserve register as JP (notary functions).

2012                   ‘Gamesmaker’ London Olympics 2012.  Volunteer manager of the mixed (media) zone, interpreter and team leader. Disciplines: fencing; boxing; karate; table tennis; weightlifting .Excel Centre, London Docklands 

2003 - 2009     Magistrate and Presiding Justice (Adult and Youth Court), West London Bench

2005 - 2007    Licensing, Betting and Gaming Panels, West London.