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Second UK mental disability law conference

This is a call for papers for the second UK Mental Disability Law Conference is due to take place at the University of Nottingham, 26-27 June 2018.

Mental disability law (including both mental health law and mental capacity law) in the UK has come into its own in recent years, and there is now a wide range of researchers active in the field, in a variety of disciplines, along with people with lived experience.

Papers are requested by 1 May 2018.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the School of Law at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health, and is endorsed by the Human Rights Law Centre of the University of Nottingham.

The conference will combine plenary and breakout sessions. Confirmed plenaries and speakers at this time include:

What do we Want from a New Mental Health Act?

  • Simon Wessely, Chair of the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act
  • Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Colin McKay, Chief Executive, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

The Effects of Austerity

  • Julie Gosling, Director, Making Waves
  • Iris Elliott, Head of Policy and Research, Mental Health Foundation
  • Paul Atkinson, Free Psychotherapy Network

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: What is this ‘New Paradigm’?

  • Margret Osterfeld, Member (Germany), Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture
  • Georg Hoyer, Member (Norway), European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
  • Dainius Puras, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
  • Eilionoir Flynn, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI (Galway)

It is expected that half the presenters at plenary sessions will be people with lived experience of mental health/mental disability services. It is also hoped that at least one fifth of the delegates to the conference will have such lived experience.

The conference organisers invite offers of papers for the breakout sessions from scholars of any discipline relevant to law and governance relating to mental disability (including psychosocial disabilities/mental health problems, learning disabilities, and dementia and related disorders of old age). There is no restriction on methodology: papers may be empirical, policy-centred, historical, analytic, traditional legal, or theoretical, in approach.

A pre-conferences on 25 June will be held for student delegates and early career researchers. Details about the preconference are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Abstracts for the pre-conference are not required; students are encouraged to submit offers of papers for the main conference.

All attendees (including presenters in the breakout sessions) must register for the conference and pay the required attendance fee. Reduced rates are available for service users and student delegates.

Offers of papers should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the form. Deadline for submission of offers of papers is 1 May 2018.

Delegates may register for the conference by sending completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..