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1. - 5. April 2019, Bochum

Call for Application (Jan 2019): International Spring School on Human Rights and Mental Health

April 1-5, 2019 in Bochum, Germany

Applications before January 13, 2019

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has far-reaching consequences for the provision of health care for persons with mental disorders and has stirred up intense debate.

This international spring school aims to bring together early career scholars, experts, service users and other stakeholders to critically assess the implementation of the CRPD in the context of health care.

Subtopics include: informed consent decision-making capacity and competence to consentinvoluntary commitment and involuntary treatmentmental health law and guardianship law reduction of coercion in psychiatry advance directives supported decision-making peer support.

Confirmed speakers: Peter Bartlett, Professor of Mental Health Law at the University of Nottingham
Theresia Degener, Professor of Law and Disability Studies at the Protestant University for Applied Sciences in Bochum and Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Eilionóir Flynn, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland Galway)
Margret Osterfeld (Member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)Martin Zinkler (Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Klinikum Heidenheim)

The spring school will take place at the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine of the Ruhr University Bochum (www.rub.de/malakow/index.html.en ).

Participants with a background in medical ethics, law, disability research, peer support, psychiatry, philosophy, psychology or social work preferably from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom are invited to present their research at the workshop.

Applicants are asked to send an abstract in English on any of the subtopics (300-400 words) along with a short CV to humanrightsandmentalhealth(at)rub.de . Submit you application before January 13, 2019.


Accepted participants will give a presentation of 25 minutes, followed by a 30-minutes discussion.

All participants are invited to prepare a manuscript and to submit it for publication in a special issue.

The conference language is English. Travel expenses and costs for accommodation will be reimbursed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Participants will receive a remuneration of € 300 for preparing a manuscript that is ready for submission to the special issue.

Organizers: Matthé Scholten, Astrid Gieselmann, Jakov Gather and Jochen Vollmann

This workshop is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.