Clayton is currently employed as a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School. This involves teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, conducting research, and supervising undergraduate independent research projects.
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 had undertaken a PhD at Durham University, which is currently under examination. He was awarded a Durham Law School PGR Studentship to pursue this doctoral research.
Clayton holds a first class honours LL.B. He was awarded a Universities Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in order to complete an LL.M at Trinity College, Dublin. This scholarship was awarded by the joint Presidents of Irish Universities. He also graduated with a B.C.L. from the University of Oxford. Clayton is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Society of Legal Scholars. He is also completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Durham University. Clayton has presented conference papers in England and overseas.
Clayton’s research interests lie in medical law and ethics, human rights law, and the intersection between religion and law. His PhD asks the following question: is there appropriate protection afforded to the Abrahamic religious beliefs of patients and healthcare professionals in English Medical Law? 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, includingMedical Law International, European Journal of Health Law, andMedical Law Review. Clayton is an active member of the Centre of Conflict, Rights and Justice at Nottingham Law School.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2017), ‘Blood Transfusion refusals – why new guidelines aren’t up to scratch’ The Conversation (22 February, 2017).
Ó Néill, Clayton (2017), ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Refusal of Blood Transfusions: an analysis of the European Human Rights Regime and the particular context of English Medical Law’ European Journal of Health Law 24, 1-22.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Conscientious Objection in Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan and Others  UKSC 68’ Medical Law International 14 (4), 246-254.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Review: Kerry Lynn Macintosh, Human Cloning: Four Fallacies and their Legal Consequences’, Medical Law Review 24 (1), 135-140.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘Review: Brigette Feuillet-Liger, Kristina Orfali and Therese (eds.), The Female Body: A Journey Through Law Culture and Medicine’, Medical Law International 14, 172-178.
Ó Néill, Clayton, (2014), ‘Review: Kimberley Brownlee, Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience’, Medical Law Review,23 (2), 325-319.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2012), ‘The Languages Acts in the Republic of Ireland and Canada: Lessons to be Learnt by Northern Ireland’, Trinity College Law Review 16, 115-136.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2016), ‘Is the religiously inspired principle of double effect appropriate in English medical law from the perspective of Alan Gewirth’s Principle of Generic Consistency?’ Human Rights, law and Religion: Flashpoints Conference, Centre for Rights, Conflict and Justice, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2016), ‘The Refusal of Blood Transfusion by Jehovah’s Witness in English Medical Law: A Gewirthian Analysis’ CCRJ Research symposium, Centre for Rights, Conflict and Justice, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2016), ‘Jehovah’s Witness and Refusal of Blood Transfusions: An Analysis of the Approach Adopted by English Law’ Durham Law School Postgraduate Conference, Durham University
Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Is the definition of ‘participate’ appropriate in relation to s 4 of the Abortion Act 1967 (Conscientious Objection)?’ Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) Postgraduate Conference, Durham University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Abrahamic Religious belief and Circumcision in English Medical Law’, Durham CELLS and Durham GLAD Postgraduate Research Conversation, Durham Law School.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2015), ‘Ritual circumcision: is there a conflict between the manifestation of religious belief and the potential for harm?’ College of St Hild and St Bede Senior Common Room Postgraduate Symposium, Durham University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘The relevance of double effect in English Medical law, ‘The Challenges for Legal Thought in Contemporary Society’, Newcastle Law School PGR Conference, Newcastle University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘Abrahamic religious belief, double effect and the law: uneasy alliances?’ College of St Hild and St Bede Postgraduate Colloquium, Durham University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘Medical law and the use of a religious-inspired principle in a so-called secular legal system’, College of St Hild and St Bede Senior Common Room Postgraduate Symposium, Durham University.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘Significance of a religious inspired principle in English Medical law: an analysis of double effect’, Matariki Workshop on Research Ethics, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Ó Néill, Clayton (2014), ‘The doctrine of double effect in English Law: alive and kicking?’ Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) Postgraduate Conference, Durham University.See all of Clayton Ó Néill's publications...