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Clive Stafford Smith

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Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve (a human rights non-profit) and has spent 25 years working on civil rights issues, including death penalty cases and achieving due process for prisoners detained by the US in Guantanamo. As Director, Smith is responsible for overseeing Reprieve’s Casework Program, as well as the direct representation of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and on death row as a Louisiana licensed attorney-at-law. Smith has received a great many awards and honors, including an OBE award for ‘humanitarian services’ (2000), a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Lawyer Magazine and The Law Society (2003), the Gandhi Peace Award (2005), a Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award (2008), International Freedom of the Press Award (2009), and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Award (2010). Additionally, Smith was ranked 6th on the 2009 list of Britain’s Most Powerful Lawyers (The Times, July 2009) and ranked 3rd on 2009 “High Profile” British lawyer list (The Lawyer, September 2009).