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Mason Institute Webinar Series - “Mental Health Law in the United Kingdom – same questions, different answers and different trajectories.”

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Tue 13 February 2024
13:00 - 14:00

About this event

“Over recent years, it has become increasingly clear that the different constituent parts of the United Kingdom are taking very different approaches to the dilemmas posed by mental ill-health, and, in particular, the legal frameworks designed to secure admission and treatment for mental disorder: from (stalled) ‘fusion’ in Northern Ireland, to ‘human rights enablement’ in Scotland, to stasis in England and – most recently – a potential private members’ bill in Wales to recast parts of the Mental Health Act 1983 there.  In this talk, Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon) will take stock of the position and tease out its implications for those who may experience mental ill-health, but who happen to find themselves on one side of a border rather than another within the United Kingdom.


About the speaker

Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon) is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice at 39 Essex Chambers in London is focused on mental capacity, mental health and healthcare law. He also writes extensively, editing and contributing to leading textbooks, and is the creator of the website Mental Capacity Law and Policy.   Alex complements his practice with a deep interest in research and education. Amongst other positions, he is a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and a Visiting Professor at the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory, University of West London.   Alex now spends much of his time on policy matters, including, currently, as a consultant on the Law Commission’s Disabled Children Social Care project.  In March 2022, Alex was made an honorary KC, reflecting his contributions to mental capacity and mental health law outside the court room.

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