International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law: Special Issue on Covid19

RMIT Researchers

  • Professor Penelope Weller

Project Description

The International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law is an international peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the intersection between law, mental health and mental capacity. It publishes scholarly work on the civil and criminal aspects of this intersection. This covers matters that have a long history of producing difficult legal dilemmas – such as the involuntary detention and treatment of people with psycho-social disorders, and the impact of mental impairment on criminal trial processes. The Journal also provides an outlet for research and commentary on matters that have come to the fore because of recent human-rights based developments, including the need to have positive regulation of the situation of people with compromised ability to make decisions in light of a psycho-social disorder.

The December 2020 issue will be a compilation of comments about the legislative responses to Covid-19 setting out the responses in the main common law jurisdictions and analysing whether they are consistent with human rights principles.


  • Professor Kris Gledhill (AUT Law School, Aukland, NZ)
  • Dr Darius Whelan (University College, Cork, Ireland)
  • Dr. Kevin Stone (University of West England, Bristol, UK)



Key Words

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, mental capacity, the right to health

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