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Dr Lauren Clayton-Helm

Lecturer in Law

Department: Northumbria Law School

Lauren Clayton-Helm graduated from the University of Sunderland with a 1st Class LLB (Hons) degree in 2011.


Dr Lauren Clayton-Helm graduated from the University of Sunderland with a 1st Class LLB (Hons) degree in 2011 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. 

In 2013 Lauren returned to Northumbria to undertake her PhD, entitled ‘Marriage And The Question Of Validity: A Comparative Reformulation of Essential Validity Precepts To Establish Certainty For Couples Via Optimal Choice Of Law Rules’ and was awarded her PhD in December 2017. 

Whilst completing her PhD, Lauren became a graduate tutor at Northumbria University, before becoming a lecturer upon successful completion of her PhD. Lauren also currently holds the role of International Recruitment Co-Ordinator in the Law School. 

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115 Ellison Terrace

0191 3495074


PhD; FHEA; BPTC; LL.B (Hons) First Class.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Conflict of Laws (particularly the personal aspects)

Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Criminal Family Justice

Key Publications


  • Frances Hamilton and Lauren Clayton-Helm, ‘Same-Sex Relationships, Choice of Law and the Continued Recognised Relationship Theory’ (2016) Journal of International and Comparative Law 3(1) 1-32. 
  • L. Clayton-Helm, ‘To Punish or not to Punish? Dealing with Death or Serious Injury of a Child or Vulnerable Adult’ (2014) Journal of Criminal Law 78(6) 477-485.

Conference Papers

  •  L. Clayton-Helm ‘The Appropriate Choice of Law for Same-Sex Relationships. Obergefell: a Precedent for Europeanisation?’ (2018)


    L. Clayton-Helm  ‘Married but not Recognised: The Impact Choice of Law Rules and Crossing State Borders Might have on Marriage’ (2017)

  • L. Clayton-Helm and F. Hamilton ‘Recognition vs Non-Recognition: The Perils of Crossing Lines for Same-Sex Couples’ (2015)


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