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International Trends in Mental Health Laws


Ensuring that mental health laws protect human rights in both theory and practice is an ongoing challenge. This volume explores the effect that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international trends in human rights may have on domestic mental health laws.

The topics covered include the criteria for civil commitment of individuals with serious mental illnesses, legal capacity and supported decision-making, advance directives, advocacy, community treatment orders and the importance of the integrity of the person in decisions to detain individuals for treatment.

International Trends in Mental Health Law is a special issue (Volume 26 No 2) of the journal Law in Context.

Table of Contents

International Trends in Mental Health Laws: Introduction
Bernadette McSherry

The Disabilities Convention and its Consequences for Mental Health Laws in Australia
Annegret Kämpf

From Autonomy to Dignity: Treatment for Mental Disorders and the Focus for Patient Rights
Mary Donnelly

People with Psychosocial Impairments or Conditions, Reasonable Accommodation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Anna Lawson

Supported Decision-Making and the Achievement of Non-Discrimination: The Promise and Paradox of the Disabilities Convention
Penny Weller

Protecting the Integrity of the Person: Developing Limitations on Involuntary Treatment
Bernadette McSherry

Advocacy and Participation in Mental Health Cases: Realisable Rights or Pipe-dreams?
Terry Carney, Fleur Beaupert, Julia Perry and David Tait

Community Treatment Orders and Human Rights
John Dawson

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