Some events you should come along to if you get the chance…

The Deprivation of Liberty Procedures: Safeguards for Whom? 13th June 2013, The Law Society

A National Conference, jointly sponsored by the Cardiff University Centre for Health and Social Care Law and the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee, will discuss the extent to which the current procedures comply with international human rights standards, and whether they offer adequate protection for the rights of service users and their carers. The Conference will focus on the implications of the ruling of the Supreme Court in P v Cheshire West and Chester
Council and P and Q v Surrey Council, as well as the likely impact of the Report of the House of Lords Committee on the Mental Capacity Act.

The Conference will be of especial relevance to everyone interested in or affected by the DoL procedures, be they service users, carers, advocates, health and social care practitioners, lawyers, judges, service providers and policy activists, academics.

13th June 2014 @ 9:00am

Venue: The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane


2014 Annual ‘Taking Stock’ Conference: The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts in Practice, 17th October 2014

A national conference organised by Cardiff Law School Centre for Health and Social Care Law, Manchester University, the Approved Mental Health Professionals Association (North West and North Wales), Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and 39 Essex St.

The conference reviews developments on the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts.  It is held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  Speakers include Professor Alison Yung, Professor Phil Fennell, Yogi Amin, Camilla Parker and Neil Allen.

Booking enquiries to be made via e mail to or by telephone to 07891 452260.  Further information can be found on this flier (pdf)

Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Sixth International Summer School, NUI Galway, June 16th – 20th, 2014

The purpose of this five-day International Disability Summer School is to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.

The core focus was on Access to Justice and Political Participation.

The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers, policy analysts and others.

The faculty includes senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world. Most of the speakers have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention. Others are advocates for change and reform.

This is the sixth International Summer School on disability law & policy offered by the Centre for Disability Law & Policy. In 2013, the summer school attracted over 100 participants from 39 different countries – from Africa, Asia, Latin America and China. We believe it is the biggest such event in the world. A film about earlier summer schools can be seen here.

For more information, please see the CDLP website.

Autonomy Summer School 2014

The Autonomy Summer School is a three-day training course organised by the Essex Autonomy Project at the University of Essex.  It is aimed at frontline professionals and researchers who face issues surrounding autonomy and mental capacity in the fields of medicine and psychiatry, social care, policing and law.

Our 2014 Summer School focuses on three key areas for practitioners and researchers:

  • Day One: Mental Capacity: Ethical, Philosophical and Legal Dilemmas
  • Day Two: Risk and Decision Making
  • Day Three: Mental Capacity and the UNCRPD

Further information can be found on the Essex Autonomy Project webpage.


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