Call for Papers: Mental Disability Law @ University of Nottingham [June 26-27]: Submit May 1

Mental disability law (including both mental health law and mental capacity law) in the UK and Ireland have come into its own in recent years, and there is now a wide range of researchers active in the field, in a variety of disciplines.

This conference is intended to bring these people together for the first meeting of what it is hoped will be an ongoing academic network.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the School of Law at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health, a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. The conference will combine plenary and breakout sessions.


  • Simon Wessely, Chair of the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act Diana Rose,
  • Professor of User-Led Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Colin McKay, Chief Executive, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • Julie Gosling, Director, Making Waves Iris Elliott, Head of Policy and Research, Mental Health Foundation

Half the presenters at plenary sessions will be people with lived experience of mental health/mental disability services. It is also hoped that at least one fifth of the delegates to the conference will have such lived experience.

To submit a paper to be presented during the parallel sessions please complete the paper session proposal submission form and email to by no later than May 1. If you have any queries about submitting a paper please contact Professor Peter Bartlett.

Pre-conference event for students:

A round-table discussed event will be held for students on June 25 at the Institute of Mental Health on Triumph Road in Nottingham. Details about this event are available from Amanda Keeling (

To register for the pre-conference event, please select this option on the registration form. Abstracts for the pre-conference are not required, however, students are encouraged to submit offers of papers for the main conference.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: May 1
  • Last Date of Registration: June 19
  • Pre-conference event for students: June 25
  • Conference Dates: June 26-27
  • Registration:

All attendees (including presenters in the parallel sessions) must register for the conference and pay the appropriate attendance fee. Reduced rates are available for service users and student delegates.

Registration forum is here.

For the Paper or Session Proposal, click here.

To register your attendance please complete and return the registration form by June 19 to Karen Sugars (


(T) 0115 748 6100

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For the Brochure and Official Website, click here.


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