Monday, 15 November 2010, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

How mental health law discriminates unfairly against people with mental illness

Professor George Szmukler

Mental health legislation in most jurisdictions (including England and Wales) discriminates against people with a mental illness. When it comes to involuntary treatment, it fails to respect - without adequate justification - the 'autonomy' of people with a mental illness, in stark contrast to the treatment of people with a physical illness.  It further discriminates against persons with a mental disorder by allowing a form of preventive detention on the basis of 'risk', without any offence having been committed.  Mental health legislation thus carries underlying assumptions that people with mental disorders are not fully self-determining and that they are inherently dangerous.  It is possible to frame a law based on impaired decision-making capacity, from whatever cause (whether due to a mental or physical disorder), that would counter such discrimination.

Transcript

15 November 2010

How mental health law discriminates unfairly against people with mental illness
Professor George Szmukler

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Rhythm of Life: The Beat and Dance of the Heart

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Van Eyck's The Virgin with the Canon: Visual Disability and Societal Attitudes as Depicted in the Northern Renaissance

Louis Clearkin FRCS
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Treatment of Cancer

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

A Little Light Relief

Professor David Phillips CBE
Wednesday, 2 November 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Prevention of Cancer

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Seeing Through the Lies: Innovation and the Need for Transparency

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

To Die or Not to Die: That is the Question

Sir Alan Ward
Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Zika Virus, Dengue and the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Professor Francis Cox DSc
Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Judicial Leadership

The Rt Hon Sir Peter Gross
Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Changing Minds and Changing Risk

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Criminal Mind: The relationships between criminology and psychology

Professor Gwen Adshead
Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Size of a Walnut: Your Heart in Their Hands

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The effects of parenting on conduct disorder

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:50PM
WATCHED

Paedophilia: What we know and what we don’t know about it

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Violent Mind: “I don’t want to be in a group with people like me”

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:40PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Violent Mind: Who am I? How do I change my violent mind?

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:35PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Violent Mind: Does it make sense to ‘treat’ a crime?

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:30PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Violent Mind: Secure sense of self and the role of parents

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 6:25PM