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Seminal Issues in Mental Health Law

Jill Peay| (ed)
Ashgate Publishing: The International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory, second series (June 2005)

In the complex and sometimes volatile area of mental health law, this volume provides ready access to key articles from around the world. Each article has been chosen for its definitive focus on critical issues. 

The work is divided into three parts. 

  • Principles look thematically at questions concerning the role of capacity, coercion and compulsion in mental health law, together with an examination of the conflicting potential of the law to be both discriminatory and therapeutic. 
  • Process examines selected seminal empirical studies of process relating to diagnosis, compulsory admission, legal safeguards and treatment in the community. 
  • Trends adopts a broadly chronological lens critically to assess the past, examine persistent current dilemmas and speculate about an uncertain future. 

This volume provides an easy reference to seminal articles in mental health law, brings together a cross-selection of articles on fundamental issues from around the world, includes a substantial context setting introduction from the editor, and provides a critical analysis of the past and an assessment for the future. 

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