Dr Simon Hale Ross


Simon’s research area focuses on counterterrorism, preventative legal measures & UK governmental policy (CONTEST), 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’s monograph ‘Digital Privacy, Terrorism and Law Enforcement was published by Routledge in July 2018, with the Foreword having kindly been provided by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC. He has completed an edited collection, including a chapter, titled, Terrorism and State Surveillance of Communications’, with other chapters being provided by Lord Carlile, Professor Kaunert & other leading experts, published by Routledge May 2019.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Law and an LLB Level 6 Year Leader at Edge Hill University, within the Department of Law & Criminology. Working across three programmes, he is module leader for Counter Terrorism (BSc Professional Policing), & Property Law (LLB). He also delivers Public Law & Criminal Law, & Advanced Legal Skills. Simon is currently designing the curriculum for a new taught interdisciplinary Masters covering Cyber Regulation & Policy. Additionally, he is working with other colleagues to fashion SQE ready law modules.

Simon is a peer reviewer for the Taylor & Francis (Routledge) International Journal ‘The Law Teacher’, & the ‘Asian Journal of International Peace and Security’, & Routledge, providing reviews for books on Terrorism, Extremism, Policing & Surveillance. Simon is a passionate & dedicated lecturer, focused on learning & teaching. A great believer in modernisation & positive change, Simon often takes the lead on new learning & teaching initiatives, re/writing modules & developing undergraduate & postgraduate courses. Focused on the student experience, he is always keen to develop new skills, & use his passion & dedication to increase student engagement.


  • PhD Titled: ‘The UK’s Legal Response to Terrorist Communication in the 21st Century: Striking the right balance between individual privacy and collective security in the digital age’.Liverpool John Moores University, July 2017
  • LLB (Hons): Liverpool John Moores University, June 2012, First Classifcation


  • LAW1001 Legal Methods and Systems
  • LAW1002 Public Law
  • LAW2007 Public Law
  • LAW2002 Criminal Law
  • LAW2005 Land Law

Research Interests

Global security and cyber security, terrorism, counterterrorism law and policy, terrorist electronic communications, policing and surveillance, Ecomms, international human rights and civil liberties, EU Law and Public Law


  • Hale-Ross (2019) The Investigatory Powers Act 2016: The human rights conformist? in S. Hale-Ross & D. Lowe eds, (forthcoming in 2019) Terrorism and State Surveillance of Communications (Routledge)
  • Hale-Ross (2019) Digital Privacy, Terrorism and Law Enforcement: The UK’s Response to Terrorist Communication, (Routledge)
  • Hale-Ross (2017) Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? Why Theresa May’s four point plan is redundant, LSE, British Politics and Policy.
  • Hale-Ross (2015) The European Union should introduce legislation to harmonise anti-terror laws in the 28 Member States, The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies.

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