Dr Simon Cooper

School of Law
Dr Simon Cooper
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 876267

  • Location

    5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment



Simon Cooper read Law as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia, graduating in 2003. He then sat the Bar exams at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 2004. After being called to the Bar he pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Essex, graduating in 2005 with a Master of Laws in Public Law and UK Human Rights. Simon was then appointed to an academic post within the School of Law, teaching Public Law for two years prior to working in the legal sector for seven years. Simon returned to the University of Essex Law School in October 2012 as a part time Lecturer in Criminal Law. While teaching, Simon successfully submitted his PhD proposal to the University. He also applied for and was awarded the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship. During his PhD Simon taught Criminal Law and Public Law. Simon was also appointed as member of the Student Conduct Committee. Simon'swork on the Committee promoted the reputation of the University and helped ensure the Universities commitment to excellence in education and scholarship. Additionally, Simon was a peer reviewer for ESTRO and apostgraduate peer mentor. Dr Cooper would welcome postgraduate research supervision in the area of police accountability, in particular Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).


  • PhD University of Essex,

  • LLM University of Essex,

  • BVC City University London,

  • LLB University of East Anglia,

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy, (2019)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Police and Crime Commissioners

Policing and police accountability

Conferences and presentations

2014: Making Police Accountable: Governance and Legitimacy


2013: The Challenges for Policing in the 21st Century, Police and Crime Commissioners Conference


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Criminal Law (LW104)

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Law, Policy and Practice (LW349)


Journal articles (3)

Cooper, S., Does the ‘one to one’ between Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable carry risks for police accountability?

Cooper, S., (2021). Police and Crime Commissioners: A Dislocated Expectation?. Policing: a journal of policy and practice. 15 (3), 1916-1932

Cooper, SJ., (2020). Police and Crime Commissioners: a corrosive exercise of power which destabilises police accountability?. Criminal Law Review. 2020 (4), 291-305

+44 (0) 1206 876267


5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment