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dc.contributor.authorDawson, John
dc.identifier.citation2015, ‘A realistic approach to assessing mental health laws’ compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’, J Dawson, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 40, 70-79 (Canada).en_NZ
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that a more realistic view should be taken of the implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for mental health law than the view taken by the UN monitoring committee, in its General Comment on Equal Recognition Before the Law, in 2014. This more realistic interpretation would not forbid reliance on the concept of mental capacity in the law. Nor would it forbid legislation that authorises substitute decision-making or involuntary treatment. Less radical reforms, it is suggested, could promote Convention compliance. These reforms would shift mental health law away from reliance on over-broad concepts like “mental disorder” or “mental disability”, but would still permit use of legal standards that rely on specific impairments in mental function that are relevant to a person's capacity to make particular decisions or perform specific tasks. Strong efforts would be required to promote supported decision-making, and respect advance directives, but substitute decision-making and treatment without consent would be permitted in exceptional circumstances, subject to appropriate safeguards and independent review. Under this interpretation, those measures would not constitute discrimination in the law on the ground of disability, or denial of equal recognition before the law. This approach, it is argued, is more likely to generate positive responses from state parties in terms of law reform.en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatryen_NZ
dc.subjectMental Health Legislationen_NZ
dc.subjectInvoluntary Treatmenten_NZ
dc.titleA Realistic Approach to Assessing Mental Health Laws' Compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
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