Using philosophy to understand the complexities of care and the challenges of supporting and preserving autonomy in care contexts.

The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative based in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. We use the tools of philosophy to explore the challenges associated with front-line practice in medicine, psychiatry, social work and law, particularly in the area of decision-making capacity. The project is led by philosophers, in collaboration with multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and activists.

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Article 12

Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides that disabled people are entitled to legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all areas of life.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a legally binding international human rights treaty which addresses the rights of people with disabilities. It was adopted on 13th December 2006, and entered into force on 3rd May 2008.

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Autonomy Summer School 2017

6th, 7th and 8th July

The 2017 Autonomy Summer School will focus on objectivity, risk and powerlessness in care practices.

We welcome practitioners in social work, law, medicine, psychiatry, as well as public officials, students and academic researchers – in fact anyone who shares our interest in cultivating respect for the autonomy of persons with disabilities and other recipients of care. The Autonomy Summer School takes place at the Colchester campus of the University of Essex.

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