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Simon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Maritime Law, awarded PhD

We are delighted to announce that Simon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Maritime Law in the School of Professional Studies, has gained a PhD for his dissertation The Criminalisation of the Ship's Master. A new approach for the new Millennium. Simon's research comes at a critical time for the industry. Read a synopsis of Simon's dissertation.

Simon practised as a solicitor of the Supreme Court between 1985 and 1998, representing clients in maritime, criminal and commercial litigation, before he developed a career in alternative dispute resolution as a Qualified Dispute Resolver and Member of the Faculty of Mediation and ADR, founded by the Academy of Experts in furtherance of one of the Academy’s principal objectives, the pursuit of cost-efficient dispute resolution. In addition to mediation and arbitration, he continued to advise clients in a consultancy capacity, both in civil and criminal proceedings in the maritime sector.

Simon has brought his professional background to the academic field, as Senior Lecturer in Maritime Law at Southampton Solent University, where he teaches in the Merchant Vessel Operations programme at Warsash Maritime Academy, one of the world's leading centres of excellence in training for merchant shipping professionals. Simon manages the dedicated maritime law units as well as the BSc (Hons) Degree course in Marine Operations Management.

He has also written a number of papers on current law, in subjects including Conflicts in the Definition of a Ship and in Corporate Manslaughter.

Simon has a particular interest in the field of the criminalisation of the Ship’s Master which harnesses his professional career to his background in the maritime industry and has been awarded a PhD on the title: The Criminalisation of the Ship’s Master. A new approach for the new millennium.

Simon has close ties with the United States and has carried out a substantial research project on Britain’s Involvement in the American Civil War.

In October 2005, Simon was admitted to Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. In 2006 he was made a Freeman By Redemption of the City of London.

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