Matthew McCallion

Matthew McCallion

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Matthew McCallion is a PhD researcher at the School of Law. His research focuses on criminal liability, with a particular focus on solving the tension between the objective nature of criminal liability and emerging theories on neurodiversity. This will be achieved by examining the binary approach used to judge autistic defendants and inquiring whether alternative subjective approaches accounting for autistic clinical characteristics should be used instead.

This thesis is supervised by Dr Alessandro Corda (principal supervisor), Dr Clayton Ó Néill (secondary supervisor), and Prof Thérèse Murphy (tertiary supervisor). The project is funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and is entitled: ''Its presence is constant': How to determine the criminal responsibility of autistic individuals in the age of neurodiversity.'



Awarded a Department for the Economy (DfE) Studentship for Ph.D study (2021-2024).



2021-present: Ph.D in Law, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.

2019: Degree of Barrister-at-Law, The Honourable Society of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland.

2018-2019: Pg.Dip in Professional Legal Studies, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen's University Belfast.

2017-2018: LL.M in Human Rights and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.

2014-2017: LL.B (Hons), School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.


  • K Law (General)
  • Autism
  • Neurodiversity
  • Criminal Law