Mental Health Law Reform: New Perspectives & Challenges, 23 June 2012

                                                                                      School of Law


Conference Announcement

“Mental Health Law Reform: New Perspectives & Challenges”

The Centre for Disability, Law and Policy at the School of Law NUI Galway & Amnesty International Ireland will host a 1-day International Mental Health Conference on 23 June 2012

Venue: North Campus, NUI Galway

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Speakers will Include

  • Professor Bernadette McSherry, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health, Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Phil Fennell, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, Wales
  • Professor Amita Dhanda, Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Mary Donnelly, Senior Lecturer in Law, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Ms. Roisin Webb BL, Children and Youth Policy Officer, Mental Health, Amnesty International Ireland
  • Expert Panel on Mental Health in Ireland

The conference is aimed at service users, legal practitioners, mental health professionals, advocates, academics, policy makers, politicians, NGOs and any person or organisation interested in mental health law and policy. The Department of Health is currently undertaking a review of the Mental Health Act 2001. This conference will examine issues relevant to this review, including Ireland’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as it moves towards ratification. The conference will hear from leading national and international experts on mental health law and policy. The conference will also hear from an expert panel on mental health in Ireland, which will be composed of a service user, psychiatrist, family member and legal practitioner.

For further information please contact: Elaine Keane at or on 091-494270