Mr. Smith worked as a trial attorney, legal advisor and analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for 10 years before joining the ECCC. Previously he was a police prosecutor in the South Australian Police Force for 7 years. He graduated from Adelaide University in 1993 whilst working at the South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions. He then worked as a criminal law barrister and solicitor in Adelaide. In 1999, Mr Smith received a Masters in International Law at Leiden University. In 2000, he was seconded to the UN in East Timor as a human rights officer and Acting District Administrator.