Mental Health Ethics and Law Seminar Series Two Year Anniversary

When: Wednesday 18th May 2016, 15.00 – 17.30

Where: Dickson Poon School of Law, Moot Court SW1.18, Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London.


Victoria Butler-Cole, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers  –  ‘Sex and the Mental Capacity Act 2005’

Professor Jon Herring, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford  –  ‘Consent in the Criminal Law: the importance of Rationality and Responsibility’

Dr John Stanton-Ife, Senior Lecturer, Dickson Poon School of Law, KCL  –  ‘Crime, Consent and Mental Disorder’.

Sexual expression is a fundamental feature of humanity. Few areas are as personal or open to controversy as consent to sex. Cases regarding consent to sex feature prominently in both the civil and criminal courts. Criminal cases have made it to the House of Lords, and cases regarding sterilisation started the journey towards the creation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. When they feature in the courts they chase controversy and substantial media attention. It is perhaps unsurprising that there remains considerable debate as to the application of the criminal and civil law in this context, given its highly personal and socially sensitive nature.

We have invited a selection of experts in the field to present the issues and open debate on the current state of play, and their views on how the law should (or could) develop in the future.

Our seminars are a joint venture between the Dickson Poon School of Law and Department of Psychological Medicine, KCL. As always, these seminars are attended by a wide range of professionals from clinical, legal and philosophical backgrounds and always prompt lively debate. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the series we are holding this special event, tackling one of the most taboo and controversial areas of law and psychiatry.

The seminar will start at 15.00 and finish at 17.30. We will reconvene for further discussion in a local pub afterwards.

If you are planning to attend please could you register with the MHEL research group administrator, Felix Warnock : or by phone on 07881 797946.

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