Mental Health, Legal Capacity, and Human Rights Edited Volume

Published: September 2021

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Two upcoming events with the editors and authors:

Watch the recording of our Virtual Book Launch Event on October 8th 2021 here!

Register here for our GMH@Harvard: “How Did I Get Here?” Career Paths in Mental Health Series (focus on: Human Rights, Legal, Policy careers) featuring some of the contributing authors to the edited volume.

Edited by:

Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard Law School

Faraaz Mahomed, Wits University

Vikram Patel, Harvard Medical School

Charlene Sunkel, Global Mental Health Peer Network

Editorial Assistant:

Juliana Restivo, Harvard Medical School

Book Cover Art: Circles of Care by Dr Kate Grant MBChB,

Since adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the interpretive General Comment 1, the topic of legal capacity in mental health settings has generated considerable debate in disciplines ranging from law and psychiatry to public health and public policy. With over 180 countries having ratified the Convention, the shifts required in law and clinical practice need to be informed by interdisciplinary and contextually relevant research as well as the views of stakeholders. With an equal emphasis on the Global North and Global South, this volume offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analysis of legal capacity in the realm of mental health. Integrating rigorous academic research with perspectives from people with psychosocial disabilities and their caregivers, the authors provide a holistic overview of pertinent issues and suggest avenues for reform.

  • Features contributors from twenty-one countries, providing an international perspective
  • Includes lived-experience accounts about legal capacity, supported decision-making, and involuntary mental health treatment
  • Offers insights into law reform, clinical protocols and practices, and areas for advocacy.

Date Published: September 2021

Click here to visit Cambridge University Press and read more information about the publication.

‘I welcome the initiative of the group of scholars, mental health practitioners, human rights experts and persons with disabilities that has led to the publication of Mental Health, Legal Capacity, and Human Rights. Only by working together, can we succeed. Building knowledge is the path to drawing the roadmap towards more just and inclusive societies.’

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (from the Foreword to the volume)

Full list of contributing authors:

Faraaz Mahomed, Michael Ashley Stein, Vikram Patel, Charlene Sunkel, Alicia Ely Yamin, Benjamin A. Barsky, Julie Hannah, Dainius Pūras, Tina Minkowitz, Gerald L. Neuman, Laura Davidson, John Dawson, George Szmukler, Mrinalini Ravi, Barbara Regeer, Archana Padmakar, Vandana Gopikumar, Joske Bunders, Alberto Vásquez Encalada, Faisal Bhabha, Soumitra Pathare, Arjun Kapoor, Adrian D. Ward, Heléne Combrinck, Enoch Chilemba, Elizabeth Kamundia, Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis, Bhargavi V. Davar, Kavita Pillai, Kimberly LaCroix, Ulrika Järkestig Berggren, Michelle Funk, Natalie Drew Bold, Joana Ansong, Daniel Chisholm, Melita Murko, Joyce Nato, Sally-ann Ohene, Jasmine Vergara, Edwina Zoghbi, Joel D. Corcoran, Cindy Hamersma, Steven Manning, Piers Gooding, Christopher Schnieders, Elyn R. Saks, Jonathan Martinis, Peter Blanck, Stephanie L. Smith, Andrew Turtle, Sylvio A Gravel, Iregi Mwenja, Marie Angele Abanga, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Shain M. Neumeier, Dorrit Cato Christensen, Aikaterini Nomidou, Kanna Sugiura, Sally Souraya, Sisay Abyaneh, Charlotte Hanlon, Laura Asher.