Shreeya Smith

Shreeya Smith

Postgraduate Research Student

PhD Candidate & Nettheim Teaching Fellow (2020), Deputy Director, Responding to COVID-19: Project on Public Law and Public Health, Gilbert+Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law

Shreeya Smith's doctoral research is focused on the scope of Commonwealth executive power to respond to a public health crisis under s 61 of the Constitution. Shreeya’s teaching interests are public law focused, having taught public law and federal constitutional law courses at the University of New South Wales, and public law at Western Sydney University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Law and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. Other than a brief stint in private practice, her previous roles were in legal and policy roles in the Commonwealth public service in telecommunications and technology policy as well as law reform.

Areas of research

Constitutional law, executive power, technology and public law values, public law and asylum seekers


Rosalind Dixon, Gabrielle Appleby, Janina Boughey

Publications and presentations

Book chapters

  • Sangeetha Pillai and Shreeya Smith, Regional processing of asylum seekers, democratic accountability and statutory interpretation, in Janina Boughey, Lisa Burton Crawford (eds) Interpreting Executive Power (2020)

Blog posts

  • Shreeya Smith, ‘The Scope of a Nationhood Power to Respond to COVID-19: Unanswered Questions’ on AUSPUBLAW (13 May 2020)


  • Shreeya Smith, Executive Power: where we are and what's left unanswered, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law Postgraduate Research Workshop (September 2019)
  • Sangeetha Pillai and Shreeya Smith, The interaction between statutory and non-statutory executive power in the migration context, at the Interpreting Executive Power Workshop held at UNSW (December 2018)
  • Sangeetha Pillai and Shreeya Smith, Where to from here: The Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island case, Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network Annual Workshop (November 2018)
  • Shreeya Smith, Freedom from arbitrary detention and the Australian Constitution, Workshop #13: Human Dignity and the right to asylum free from persecution at International Association of Constitutional Law 10th World Congress on Constitutional Law (June 2018)
  • Shreeya Smith, ‘What does the ‘Tampa decision’ actually stand for?, Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network Annual Workshop (November 2017)


Book Chapters

Conference Presentations

  • Pillai S; Smith S, 2018, 'The interaction of statutory and non-statutory executive power in the migration context', presented at Interpreting Eecutive Power Workshop, UNSW Australia, 14 December 2018 - 14 December 2018
  • Smith S, 2018, 'Freedom from arbitrary detention: Immigration detention and the Australian Constitution', presented at Xth World Congress of Constitutional Law, 2018, Seoul, South Korea, 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018