Staff Profile

  • Simon Sneddonread law at Bournemouth University, and graduated with a 2:1 LLB (Hons) Business Law. Whilst an undergraduate, he spent a year working for the British Railways Board Solicitors Department in Euston, and completed two consultancy reports on waste management.

    After graduation, Simon went on to complete an MA in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Keele, before moving to the University of Cambridge as researcher on a multidisciplinary project on environmental valuation.

    From Cambridge, Simon came to the then University College Northampton in 2000, where he was a full-time lecturer and part time PhD student. His PhD explored the decision-making process in relation to nuclear power in the UK. Whilst working as a Senior Lecturer at Northampton, Simon completed a second MA, in Education, in 2018.

    Simon is currently an external examiner at Buckinghamshire New University and Liverpool John Moore University. He is a reviewer for four academic journals and until 2017 was an editor for the Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education e-journal. Simon has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015, and before that was a Fellow from 2007.

    Simon is a member of a number of professional academic groups, and in 2020 became the Environmental Law Convener and Executive Committee member for the Society of Legal Scholars, and the Organised Crime Co-Convener for the Socio Legal Studies Association.

    His first book “LawExpress: Environmental Law” was published by Pearson in 2013, and a Second edition in 2015.

  • Simon is the current LLM Programme Leader, and in addition leads modules on a range of topics.


    • Environmental Law, Organised Crime, Law of Tort


    • International Corporate Crime, Corporate Environmental Crime, Transnational Organised Crime, Firearms Crime

    Dissertation Supervision (LLB, JH and LLM)

    PhD Supervision (3 completions)

  • Simon’s current primary research interests cover three broad areas.

    Firstly, the the trafficking of endangered species by organised criminal groups and terrorist organisations, and the institutional corruption which acts as an enabling factor.

    Secondly, the illicit trade in firearms and the use of firearms by non-state actors; and

    Finally, the approaches taken towards technology enhanced learning in higher education.

    Simon has supervised three PhD students to completion, on topics covering Human mediated errors in in socio-technical security systems applied to airport security, the teaching of English to Algerian lawyers, and political hybridity as an alternative to the liberal-democratic state building framework.

    Simon currently has five PhD students, looking at topics covering  migration of asylum seekers and the UNHCR, trademarks and intellectual property rights, community-based anti-trafficking measures in Africa, legal and ethical issue in the exotic pet trade, and a new typology for firearms.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Simon Sneddon’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.