Sabine joined the School of Law in 2000. She graduated from Hamburg, qualified as a lawyer in Berlin, and holds a Diploma in Comparative Law awarded by the University of Paris II and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. Sabine’s research interests include end of life decision making, in particular the controversial issue of assisted dying. For the EAP, Sabine contributes to research on the Mental Capacity Act and compliance with the UNCRPD and the Mental Health and Justice project. She is also Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org View CV/Bio
Matt completed a PhD in philosophy at Rice University and taught at the University of Arkansas for five years before coming to Essex in 2013. He has published articles on philosophical method and the phenomenology of agency. His current research focuses on issues in moral psychology with an approach that draws from the resources of both empirical psychology and the phenomenological tradition.Email: email@example.com View CV/Bio
Sándor is a Senior Research Officer for the EAP. He holds a PhD from Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary) in law and political sciences. He is working on the EAP ‘Insight’ Work Stream of the Wellcome Trust funded Mental Health and Justice project. He has experiences, inter alia, in human rights monitoring of places of detention, and conducting advocacy at national, EU, Council of Europe and UN levels. Sándor’s interests are in human rights and disability studies.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Polona is a Senior Research Officer for the Essex Autonomy Project. She has a PhD from University of London in Psychology/Psychosocial Studies and is interested in relational autonomy from psychoanalytic and psychosocial perspectives. She’s working on the EAP ‘Insight’ Work Stream of the Wellcome Trust funded Mental Health and Justice project, on the concept of insight and its relationship to mental capacity.Email: email@example.com
As Project Manager, Emily deals with administrative and logistical matters relating to the project.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaime is a lecturer in the Law School at the University of Essex. Her work focuses on healthcare law and ethics. She is particularly interested in the legal regulation of healthcare and the meaning of health and care expertise. Jaime’s interests in healthcare law span a range of areas including mental capacity, clinical negligence, reproduction, new technologies and professional regulation. Jaime has used socio-legal methods to explore these areas.View CV/Bio
Katherine is a Philosophy Lecturer at University College Cork, where she directs the MA in Health and Society. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University’s ‘Knowledge for Use’ project. She completed a PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics in 2016.
Viv completed her doctoral thesis as part of the Essex Autonomy Project. Her PhD research was particularly concerned with a tension within autonomy – between the idea of non-intervention, freedom to choose and responsibility for our own actions on one hand, and on the other, socioeconomic rights and effective choices. Prior to her research, Viv worked for many years in the social welfare sector providing legal advice and assistance to people who were homeless or badly housed.
Gareth leads the Mental Health, Ethics and Law research group in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. He is Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s and a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow. He also practices as a consultant psychiatrist in a home treatment team in Lambeth. Gareth’s work focuses on decision-making capacity and he has collaborated with the EAP on several research projects.
Jill is Professor of Law in the Business School of Edinburgh Napier University. Her research focuses on European and national human rights law and mental health and she works with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations and regulatory bodies in the field of mental health, incapacity and human rights. Jill is part of the core research team for the EAP Three Jurisdictions project and works with the EAP on issues of CRPD compliance and human rights law.
Adrian is an international expert in adult incapacity law. He was closely involved in the law reform process leading to the Incapacity Act, as an external expert engaged by the Scottish Law Commission and as principal spokesperson for the Alliance which campaigned for the legislation. Adrian is a prolific legal author, whose many books and articles have spanned more than three decades. His books include the current standard Scottish texts on adult incapacity law. Adrian has been convener of the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Law Society of Scotland since 1989 and works with the World Health Organisation and several European Governments. He was awarded an MBE “for services to the mentally handicapped in Scotland”. Adrian works with the EAP on mental health law and is a member of the core research team for the Three Jurisdictions project.
Alex is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity law and he provides specialist advice and representation, as well as training for front line professionals. Alex writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading text books and to the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Newsletter. He is the creator of the website www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues. Alex is also an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at King’s College London. He has collaborated with the EAP on several projects, most recently the Three Jurisdictions.