Rethinking Deprivation of Liberty in a Health and Social Care Context

I am really delighted to be able to announce details of a major conference on deprivation of liberty on 30 September to be held in London.    Put together in conjunction between the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London, the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law, 39 Essex Chambers, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the ReValuing Care Research Network, we will in this conference examine the problems that confront health and social care practitioners and service users as a result of the current legal framework and evaluate alternative frameworks for authorising deprivation of liberty based on the experience of other jurisdictions to assist the process of legislative reform in England and Wales.

The stellar array of speakers/workshop facilitators include:

  • Colin Harper – Deputy Director of the Law Centre in Northern Ireland
  • Chris Danbury – Honorary Secretary of the Intensive Care Society
  • Eilionoir Flynn – Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway
  • Jill Stavert – Reader, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Laura Dunlop QC – Barrister and former Law Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission
  • Lucy Series – Researcher, Cardiff University
  • Neil Allen – Barrister and Lecturer, University of Manchester
  • Peter Bartlett – Professor, University of Nottingham
  • Richard Ashcroft, Professor, Queen Mary University of London
  • Sara Ryan – Senior Research Lead, University of Oxford, and #JusticeforLB
  • Sheila Wildeman – Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Tim Spencer-Lane – Lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales responsible for the project to reform the law relating to deprivation of liberty
  • Walter Boente – Centre of Comparative, European and International Law

(and me, whether or not that is considered stellar).

To register, click here. For further information in the interim please contact Daniel Wei L Wang (

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