Catherine Smith is Chair of the John Smith Centre management board. She is an advocate practicing in Scotland. She studied History and law at the University of Glasgow gaining an MA (Hons) and LLB and later gained her Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. She practiced as a solicitor in private practice in Scotland for a number of years prior to becoming an advocate.
Catherine is involved in numerous activities promoting the rule of law and human rights in the UK and in developing democracies. She worked internationally for the London based NGO LINKS (London Information Network on Conflicts and State-building) between 2004 and 2007, working particularly in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She is Vice Chair of JUSTICE Scotland, the Scottish representation of the UK organisation promoting justice and the rule of law.
Catherine is John Smith's youngest daughter.
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