Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Dr Simon Hoffman

Recent Biography

After practicing at the Bar from 1997-2006 (civil law and public law) I joined Swansea University School of Law to lecture on the LLB programme. I was responsible for introducing socio-economic human rights to the curriculum in 2011. Since 2006 I have been Principal Investigator on a number of research projects, and have contributed to projects managed by others, including participating in project advisory boards. Since 2012 I have been Co-director of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People. Also in 2012 I provided support and guidance to undergraduate students to establish Swansea University Human Rights Action, a student society. 

I have been invited to present my research at conferences in jurisdictions including France, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Argentina, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

I have acted as an expert witness to the Children and Young People Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, and have provided advice to the Wales Monitoring Group on the UNCRC, as well as to theChildren’s Commissioner for Wales.

Research Interests

My general research interests include implementation of Human Rights and Children’s and Young Person’s Rights at regional level. I have a particular interest in compliance mechanisms, focusing on accountability, impact assessment and budget allocation. My current research is Children’s and Young Person’s Rights and how these are given effect through government action, with a particular focus on socio-economic rights, social disadvantage and social exclusion.  


Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 513004