PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University

Simon is a lawyer and candidate for a PhD at Western Sydney University specialising on the international protection of journalists. He has also worked for the ABC Radio National.

He has advised the Human Rights Council of Australia, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Diplomacy Training Program and other organisations on international human rights and criminal law.

He was a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University and a Legal Officer at the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has worked on Australian Research Council Grants for the University of Technology, Sydney, and was a Senior Research Assistant working on the biography of Justice Michael Kirby.


  • 2016–present
    Candidate for PhD, Western Sydney University


  • 2012 
    Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Masters of Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law
  • 2009 
    University of New South Wales, Graduate Diploma of Human Rights and Social Justice
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, Bachler of Arts (First Class Honours)/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


  • 2016
    Bravery or Bravado, the Protection of News Providers in Armed Conflict (book review), Australian Journal of Human Rights
  • 2014
    Embedded Journalists: threats to Freedom of Expression or Freedom of Diversity?, Human Rights Defender

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights