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Professor Simon Hoffman

Professor, Law

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Office - 134
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Simon’s research focuses on international human rights, in particular on social rights, and the rights of minorities. He is especially interested in how human rights are given effect, in particular in systems of political devolution and multi-level governance.

Simon is an experienced Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator and has led on numerous research projects. He has been invited to present his research in the UK and internationally and has given expert evidence on human rights to the Senedd/Welsh Parliament, and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Simon works closely with NGO networks to bring about change, including the Wales Monitoring Group on the UNCRC, and is currently a member of the Welsh Government’s Children’s Rights Advisory Group. Since 2012 Simon has been a co-coordinator of the Observatory on Human Rights of Children.

His teaching is on human rights and social justice (LLB), the human rights of children (LLB), and human rights implementation (LLM). Simon is Programme Director of the LLM Human Rights. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Human Rights
  • Children's Rights
  • Implementing Human Rights
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • Poverty

Career Highlights


In 2012, Simon co-founded the Observatory on Human Rights of Children. The Observatory is a high-impact research centre which has contributed to recognition of children’s human rights in law and policy in several jurisdictions.

Simon works closely with campaigning organisations to promote human rights. Most recently with Shelter Cymru, Tai Pawb and CiH Cymru on recognition of the international human right to adequate housing in Welsh Law. You can read more about this here.