Sophie E. Smyth
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Sophie Smyth joined the Temple Law School faculty in Fall 2007.  Before coming to Temple, Professor Smyth was an international finance lawyer in the legal department of the World Bank and taught law for two years as a Visiting Professor at American University, Washington College of Law, while on sabbatical from the Bank.

Prior to working at the World Bank, Professor Smyth worked as a litigator.  She served as Special Assistant to the Director of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit and, subsequently, as a Trial Attorney on the Banking Litigation Defense Team of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division.  Before entering law practice, she served as judicial law clerk to Judge Hugh Bownes on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Smyth's scholarship explores the legal challenges posed by public-private collaborations in international development finance that involve contributions from governmental, non-profit and for-profit sources.  In particular, she focuses on the creation of initiatives such as the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund, the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, and similar funds.  Her research addresses the inadequacies of the international legal and institutional framework to guide and govern such initiatives.

LL.M., Georgetown University Law School
B.C.L., Oxford University
B.A. Legal Science, Trinity College

Teaching Areas
International Financial Law, International Financial Transactions,
International Development Law and Policy, Contracts

Select Publications
  • NGOs and the Legitimacy of International Development, 61.2 Kan. L. Rev. _ (Jan. 2013).
  • US Private Equity Investment in Emerging Economies, 12 J. Int’l. Bus. & L._ (Jan. 2013)  (w/Kelly Fisher).
  • Agency and Accountability in Multilateral Development Finance: An Agenda for Change, 4.1 L. & Dev. Rev. (Summer 2011).
  • Collective Action for Development Finance, 32:4 U. Pa. J. Int’l L. 101 (Spring 2011).
  • Creating A Collective Financing Vehicle to Save the World, The Global Environment Facility Experience, in FUNDS FOR DEVELOPMENT: MULTILATERAL CHANNELS OF CONCESSIONAL FINANCING, Asian Development Bank Press, (2011). (Reprint).


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