Stephen Smith joined Birmingham Law School as a Lecturer in 2003. Prior to that, he completed his PhD at the University of Manchester on the impact of autonomy and paternalism on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in 2003. He also completed a Juris Doctorate degree at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. which he received in 1998. He also has a B.A. in Psychology from Mercyhurst College which he received in 1995.