Mental Capacity and Mental Health Law Reform

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: School of Law, University of Leeds


The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issued its ‘concluding observations’ on the UK in August 2017. This followed a review by the Committee on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Committee made a number of recommendations on mental health and capacity law. Against this, the Law Commission in March this year published its recommendations on how the deprivation of liberty safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act should be reformed. 


This seminar will examine the implications of these reports, and will be of direct interest to solicitors and advisors working for law firms, Local Authorities, and NHS Trusts. 


The seminar will be chaired by Oliver Lewis (Barrister, Associate Member of Doughty Street Chambers, and Professor of Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds) and will include the following speakers and topics: 


Aswini Weereratne QC  – Using the CRPD in English courts 

Ulele Burnham – Equality and discrimination 

Dr. Bev Clough – Deprivation of liberty safeguards 

Professor Anna Lawson – Independent living 

Dr. Amanda Keeling – Mental Health Act


Refreshments and networking will follow the event. 


The event is hosted by Leeds University and is free to attend. If you would like to attend you must RSVP using their page found here

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