Consent & Refusal: Mental Health, Human Rights & the Law

Consent & Refusal: Mental Health, Human Rights & the Law


All Day


National University of Ireland
Institute for Lifecourse and Society, Galway

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emotion-icon-3The event takes places in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (at the University of Galway).

Confirmed Speakers Include: Tina Minkowitz, Maths Jesperson, Cath Roper, Professor Rosie Harding, Dr Piers Gooding, Michelle Dalton.

The right to refuse treatment is a fundamental principle in the right to informed consent and this is often denied to people in the context of mental health. This seminar will explore how human rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can be used to guarantee the right to consent to, and refuse, medical treatment. The seminar will include presentations from people with lived experience of mental health systems and responses from international experts. Speakers come from a wide range of countries including Sweden, India, the US, Canada, Australia, Colombia and Kenya. The seminar should be of interest to students, researchers, people with disabilities, people with experience of the mental health system, family members, and practitioners in the fields of law, health and social care. This is a free event but please RSVP here using Eventbrite by Friday the 6th of January as places are limited and refreshments will be provided.

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