Clive Stafford Smith OBE – Reprieve

Clive Stafford Smith CBE is the founder and Director of Reprieve – an organisation made up of human right defenders that internationally represents those facing the death penalty.

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Alongside overseeing Reprieve’s casework programme, he represents prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and on death row at Louisiana prison as a licensed attorney.

After graduating from Columbia Law School in New York, Clive spent nine years as a lawyer with the Southern Center for Human Rights working on death penalty cases and other civil rights issues. 

Throughout his career, Clive has represented over 400 prisoners facing the death penalty in the southern United States. While he only took on the cases of those who could not afford a lawyer – he has never been paid by a client – and always the most despised, he prevented the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). Few lawyers ever take a case to the US Supreme Court – Clive has taken five, and all of the prisoners prevailed.



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