Nick qualified as a solicitor in Southampton. He was commissioned into the Army Legal Services and retired in the rank of Colonel. During his service his practice alternated between criminal prosecution (courts-martial), and advice on operational/law of armed conflict (from MOD to deployed forces). Following early retirement, Nick worked as a personal trainer helping people achieve their health and fitness goals before beginning his first teaching appointment at the University in 2014. He has also taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law. His academic interests include Public Law, Criminal Law, the Law of Evidence, Use of Force and International Humanitarian Law. He was the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year for 2017 and was appointed a Recorder (part-time judge) in 2019.
In the media
Nicholas Clapham, ‘Derogation in the time of Coronavirus’ UK Human Rights Blog (15 April 2020).https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2020/04/15/derogation-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-nicholas-clapham/
Nicholas Clapham, ‘Coronavirus: the UK government’s new emergency powers explained’ The Conversation (20 March 2020).https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-the-uk-governments-new-emergency-powers-explained-134056
Nick Clapham, ‘Getting around the Benn Act: if there is a plan, can it really be a cunning one?’ The UK in a Changing Europe 11 Oct 2019.https://ukandeu.ac.uk/getting-around-the-benn-act-if-there-is-a-plan-can-it-really-be-a-cunning-one/
Nicholas Clapham, ‘UK Supreme Court: ten years of treading the knife edge between politics and law’ The Conversation (September 30, 2019).https://theconversation.com/uk-supreme-court-ten-years-of-treading-the-knife-edge-between-politics-and-law-123223
Nicholas Clapham, 'Eight cases from across history which still shape the law today'. The Conversation (26 Sept 2018) https://theconversation.com/eight-cases-from-across-history-which-still-shape-the-law-today-103466
Nicholas Clapham, ‘The Belhaj finale: Exclusion of closed material procedure means less scrutiny of DPP decisions’ UK Human Rights Blog (5 July 2018) https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2018/07/05/the-belhaj-finale-exclusion-of-closed-material-procedure-means-less-scrutiny-of-dpp-decisions-nicholas-clapham/
Nick Clapham ‘The Successful Law Student: An Insider’s Guide to Studying Law’ 2018 The Law Teacher https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03069400.2018.1465300
Nicholas Clapham, 'Parole for 'black cab rapist' John Warboys overturned in victory for crowdfunded judicial review.' The Conversation (29 March 2018) theconversation.com/parole-for-black-cab-rapist-john-worboys-overturned-in-victory-for-crowdfunded-judicial-review-94137
Nicholas Clapham, 'Charlie Gard: who is best placed to decide his fate?.' The Conversation (11 July 2017) theconversation.com/charlie-gard-who-is-best-placed-to-decide-his-fate-80771
Nicholas Clapham, 'Here's when British police are legally allowed to shoot under a new policy on lethal force.' The Conversation (28 April 2017) theconversation.com/heres-when-british-police-are-legally-allowed-to-shoot-under-a-new-policy-on-lethal-force-7666
Nicholas Clapham, 'Hearsay Evidence and the Demise of Absolute Rules' (2016) 80(4) Journal of Criminal Law 220
Nicholas Clapham, 'Rengal: Privacy in the 21st Century' (2015) 78 MLR 720
N. Clapham, 'Surveillance: A Separation of Power?' UK Const. L. Blog (25th Jun 2015) (available at: ukconstitutionallaw.org).
Nicholas Clapham, 'Two years on from Snowden, UK gets green light to continue accessing bulk data.' The Conversation (12 June 2015): theconversation.com/two-years-on-from-snowden-uk-gets-green-light-to-continue-accessing-bulk-data-43138
Charlie Easthaugh and Nicholas Clapham, 'Is the NSA's Bulk Telephony Metadata Program Constitutional? Klayman v Obama and ACLU v Clapper' (2014) 2 Covert Policing, Terrorism & Intelligence Law Review 145.
THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS Chatham House, 18-19 April 2005 (chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/public/Research/International%20Law/ilparmedconflict.pdf)
Lt Col Clapham, ‘Legal Aspects to Targeting’ 2002 ARRC Journal 13.