Clayton Ó Néill

Clayton O'neill

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Dr Clayton Ó Néill is a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School. His role involves teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, conducting research, and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Clayton teaches Medical Law, Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence.

Career overview

Clayton previously worked as a Tutor in Durham Law School from 2013 - 2016. He also worked as a part-time Lecturer in Law and Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway (St Angela’s College) in 2015/16. Clayton is a former deputy convenor of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences). He was awarded a PhD from Durham University and passed his viva with no corrections. He was awarded a Durham Law School PGR Studentship to pursue this doctoral research.

Clayton holds a first class honours LLB. He was awarded a Universities Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in order to complete an LLM at Trinity College, Dublin. This scholarship was awarded by the joint Presidents of Irish Universities. He also graduated with a BCL from the University of Oxford. Clayton is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Society of Legal Scholars. He was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from Durham University. Clayton has presented conference papers in England and overseas.

Research areas

Clayton’s research interests lie in medical law and ethics, human rights law, and the intersection between religion, medicine and law. He has edited a forthcoming monograph (with John Tingle and Morgan Shimwell), entitled Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2018). His monograph, Religion, Medicine and the Law, is due to be published by Routledge in early 2019. Clayton is also interested in the rights of lesser used languages, particularly the Irish language. His work has been published to date in academic journals, including Medical Law International, European Journal of Health Law, and Medical Law Review.

Clayton is an active member of the Centre for Rights and Justice at Nottingham Law School. He is an external member of Durham CELLS. John Tingle, Morgan Shimwell and Clayton are working together on a global patient safety project. This involves investigating patient safety systems in jurisdictions such as Hungary, Latvia, Uganda and Kenya.


Ó Néill, Clayton (2018/2019) (forthcoming), Religion, Medicine and the Law, (Routledge).

Ó Néill, Clayton, Tingle, John,  and Shimwell, Morgan (eds) (2018) (forthcoming), Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice, (Routledge).

Ó Néill, Clayton, Tingle, John and Shimwell, Morgan (2018) (forthcoming), ‘Conclusion Global Patient Safety – Power of the Dream’, Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice, (Routledge).

Ó Néill, Clayton (2018) (forthcoming), ‘Review: Jonathan Herring, Medical Law and Ethics’, Law & Justice: The Christian Law Review.

Ó Néill, Clayton (2018) (forthcoming), ‘Religious and cultural beliefs: the potential for patient safety to be compromised’, Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice, (Routledge).

Ó Néill, Clayton (2017), Blood Transfusion refusals – why new guidelines aren’t up to scratch The Conversation (22 February, 2017)  (accessed 22 February 2017).

Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Review: Kerry Lynn Macintosh, Human Cloning: Four Fallacies and their Legal Consequences’, Medical Law Review 24 (1), 135-140.

Conference papers

Ó Néill, Clayton (2018), ‘Consent, Religion and Patient Safety in English Medical Law’, Semmeleweis University Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmeleweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

Ó Néill, Clayton (2018), ‘Conscience, religion, and the law’, Centre for Rights and Justice, Nottingham Law School, January 2018.

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