Applying philosophy to comprehend care complexities and autonomy challenges in care settings.

What we do

The Autonomy Project is a research and public policy initiative based in the School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Essex. Using resources from philosophy, we delve into legal, ethical and existential complexities of front-line work in medicine, psychiatry, social work, and the law, with particular emphasis on decision-making capacity and human rights.

Wayne Martin at Summer School 2023
autonomy. capacity. disability. neurodiversity. consent. coercion. deprivation of liberty. human rights.
rechtshandeling. συγκατάθεσις. . желанията. إرادة. liberum arbitrium. voluntas. αυτονομία.

Current Research Projects

Our work includes research on topics such as human rights in care homes, the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in care practice and the ethical and legal issues around CPR and DNACPR.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


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Insight & Capacity

National Mental Capacity Forum

The National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health and Social Care.