Research and Publications



Knightwood Legal has significant experience of undertaking legal research projects and studies on behalf of our clients. Typically, these lead to the production of detailed reports reviewing existing laws and proposing recommendations for law reform or new legislation. 

In particular, we have developed a specialism in reviewing the implementation of international treaties and conventions into domestic laws. These projects have mainly concerned the implementation of maritime and marine environment conventions, but we are able to advise on the implementation of a wide range of international law instruments and have experience of advising on the incorporation of the International Health Regulations as well as well as other disaster or emergency related measures such as maritime and aviation search and rescue.

Our most recent research projects have included:

Reports on the implementation of international maritime conventions in the United Kingdom’s overseas territories.

Review of Law and Disaster Preparedness in the United Kingdom for the British Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Law Programme.

Mapping of Emergency Decrees issued in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic for the British Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Law Programme. Countries reviewed included: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Grenada, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom.



Simon Whitbourn regularly publishes books and journal articles on his areas of specialism. These include:

"I Must Go Down to the Seas Again'- Article on International Maritime Disaster Law in Yearbook of International Disaster Law 2019 (Brill, Feb 2021)

"The Protection of Knowing: The Evolving Concept of Early Warning and States’ Obligations to Inform of Disaster Risk" in Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law (Cambridge University Press, Feb 2019)

"National Contingency Planning" in Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law (Edward Elgar, Sep 2016) 

What is the Local Education Authority for? (National Foundation for Educational Research, Jul 2004)  

Education and the Human Rights Act (National Foundation for Educational Research, Jul 2003)

Special Educational Needs and Disability in Education- A Legal Guide (Butterworths, Apr 2002)

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