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    Senior Lecturer in Law & Counterterrorism Policing, in the Department of Law & Criminology at Edge Hill University. Simon is the Masters by Research Programme Coordinator (MRes) & Postgraduate contact, & SpLD & EMC Coordinator. He is also an LLB Year Leader, & works across a number of programmes, being module leader for Counter Terrorism (BSc Professional Policing), & Land Law (LLB). He also delivers Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Criminal Law, & Advanced Lawyers Skills (ALS). He works with colleagues on the ADR & Law Clinic Modules. He is currently finalising the curriculum for a new taught interdisciplinary Masters LLM International Cyber Regulation & Policy.

    Simon is a passionate & dedicated lecturer, focused on learning & teaching, & the student experince. As part of the Land Law module on the LLB, he created the 'Caroline Norton Award', sponsored by Myerson Solicitors, where the winning student receives a summer vacation scheme. As part of the ALS module he has developed an excellent partnership with CEL Solicitors, who sponsor the 'Celebrating Excellence in Law' Award.

    Simon is an expert in terrorism and counterterrorism, preventative legal measures & UK governmental policy (CONTEST). His expertise includes law enforcement & surveillance of electronic communications (Ecomms), data privacy & human rights (ECHR & EUCFR). Broadly, his research interests cover global security, cyber security, terrorism, terrorist electronic communications, international human rights & civil liberties, organised crime & piracy.

    Simon has published much of his work on terrorism and counterterrorism issues, with his monograph ‘Digital Privacy, Terrorism and Law Enforcement (Routledge) receiving endorsement and recommendation by other leading experts such as Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC. Bringing together such expertise, in 2019 Simon completed an edited collection, including his own chapter, titled, Terrorism and State Surveillance of Communications’, (Routledge). He has recently completed a publication titled' 'Combating Online Extremist Recruitment: The Criminalisation of Opinion & Belief', (January 2021 Routledge).

    Simon's application to the Modern Law Review Seminar Fund was successful, for a Conference at Edge Hill University on 2nd July 2021, titled 'Victims of Terrorism and State Responses'. The Conference is in collaboration with the Institute for Social Responsibility and in partnership with the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. Drawing on practical and academic proficiency, confirmed speakers are all international experts within their field.

    Simon is a peer reviewer for UKRI Economic & Social Research Council; the Liverpool Law Review; the Taylor & Francis International Journal ‘The Law Teacher’; & the ‘Asian Journal of International Peace and Security’, & Routledge, providing his expert reviews for books on Terrorism, Extremism, Policing & Surveillance. Simon provides expert opinion and review for the Security and Counter-Terrorism Group (Think Tank), and the Intelligence and Security Group (Think Tank). He is also an active member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague; and the Terrorism, Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC); and the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS); and the Association of Law Teachers (ALT). 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Law, PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

    Award Date: 25 Jul 2017


    • K Law
    • Terrorism
    • Counter-Terrorism
    • Extremism
    • Data Privacy
    • Data Protection
    • Human Rights
    • Cyber Terrorism
    • Conflict and Security Law
    • Organised Crime
    • EU law
    • Public Law
    • Law Enforcement
    • Policing
    • Surveillance
    • Electronic Surveillance


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