School of Law

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law

Mental health and mental capacity

The School of Law at the University of Nottingham has been actively involved in research and teaching in the fields of mental health and mental capacity law for more than 20 years.

Our research interests cover all areas of the law relating to mental capacity and mental health, with particular interests in the history and sociology of law.

If you are interested in conducting research at Nottingham, we are keen to recruit research students with interests in any area of mental health and mental capacity law.


We have been delivering an undergraduate module on mental health law and policy since 1994 and in 2012 introduced a complementary module on social welfare and the law.

In 2005, we also introduced a postgraduate module on mental disability and international human rights.

Current PhD student research projects

Amanda Keeling: Supported decision-making in the context of adult safeguarding procedures

Melanie Stray: Supervised Community Treatments

Amanda Waldram: Working Towards an International Normative Framework for the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons


Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland co-author a leading textbook, Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice, now in its fourth edition.

Peter Bartlett is the editor of Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Capacity Act.

Peter Bartlett, Ralph Sandland and Nell Munro all contributed to Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy, a leading reference text.

Related researchers

PhD students

  • Amanda Keeling
  • Melanie Stray


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