The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law: Moving Beyond Binaries

Tuesday 17 May 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

Join us at this hybrid book launch to explore Beverley Clough’s new monograph, ‘The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law: Moving Beyond Binaries'.

The book explores the conceptual spaces and socio-legal context which mental capacity laws inhabit, exploring the binaries which shape and constrain this area of law, such as capacity/incapacity; autonomy/paternalism; empowerment/protection; carer/cared-for; disabled/non-disabled; public/private.

Whilst on one level the book demonstrates the pervasive reach of laws questioning individuals mental capacity, within and beyond the medical context which it is most commonly associated with, at a deeper and perhaps more important level it challenges the underlying norms and assumptions underpinning the very idea of mental capacity, and reflects outwards on the transformative potential of these realisations for other areas of law.

In doing so, whilst the book offers lessons for mental capacity law scholarship in terms of reform efforts at both domestic and internationals levels, it also offers ways to develop our understandings of a range of linked legal, policy and theoretical concepts.

In so doing, it offers new critical vantage points for both legal critique and conceptual change beyond mental capacity law.

Confirmed speakers are Dr Beverley Clough, Associate Professor in Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds; Dr Ed Hall, Reader in Geography, University of Dundee; Professor Rosie Harding, University of Birmingham.

You can choose to attend in person or online. For attendance in person, please join us at the University of Leeds in the Moot Court of the School of Law, Room 1.28 (Liberty Building).

This event is free and open to all. It will be streamed live via Zoom (registration is required). Joining instructions will be sent 24 hours before the event via email once you have registered.