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Schism in Geneva: Is Coercive Psychiatry Lawful under UN Human Rights Standards?

20th March 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Human Rights Centre Speaker Series | Tuesday 20 March | 14:00 – 15:30 | Human Rights Centre Seminar Room, 5S.6.25
University of Essex, Colchester Campus

Professor Wayne Martin, EAP Director
Dr. Sándor Gurbai, EAP Senior Research Officer and Vice-Dean of Scientific and International Affairs at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary.

In recent years, a variety of UN treaty bodies and UN human rights officials have adopted positions on a core question of human rights: Is coercive psychiatry ever lawful under UN Human Rights Standards? Wayne and Sándor will survey the variety of opinion on this question, and diagnose the divergence that has emerged. They then consider possible ways of getting beyond the current impasse, starting from the considerable areas of agreement among the parties. In doing so, they distinguish a range of different “abolitionist” positions; they consider whether coercive care interventions may in some instances be a human rights requirement; and they engage the questions of whether and how states parties might devise a “disability-neutral” policy governing coercion in care.


Human Rights Centre Speaker Series


Human Rights Centre Seminar Room, 5S.6.25, Univeristy of Essex CO4 3SQ

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