In a slightly different ‘in conversation with,’ in that the tables are turned half-way though and I’m on the spot, Dr Gareth Owen and I reflect on our work on the Mental Health and Justice Project, and discuss the need for (and complexities of) interdisciplinarity in mental health research, drawing on a chapter in a forthcoming book. We then turn to a paper I led on – just published in the Medical Law Review – about whether there has been a paradigm shift in mental capacity law brought about by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, if not, why not, and whether more recent developments mean that it is possible to put some of the more unhelpful debates behind us. We also spend a few minutes at the end looking at new challenges for the concept of capacity posed by moves towards assisted dying/assisted suicide.
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If you want to come in half-way through and think about capacity paradigms, you can join us here.
Our earlier discussion can be found here.
For more about interdisciplinarity in the MHJ context, see here.
The Medical Law Review paper accompanies research-based guidance in relation to capacity assessments available here.
(Note, for some unknown reason, probably connected with getting a new computer I have still yet to grapple properly with, you only get to see one of us at a time).