Jill Stavert

Jill Stavert

Prof Jill Stavert



I am a Law Professor situated within our School of Health and Social Care. My areas of research and expertise are international, European and national human rights and mental health and mental capacity law and I work with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations and bodies and regulatory bodies in the field of mental health, mental capacity and/or human rights. I regularly publish and present at conferences and seminars and am the founder and Director of our Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law.

The rights of, and law relating to, persons with mental health and mental capacity do not exist within disciplinary silos and requires a strong inter-disciplinary approach. This is why I am based in the School of Health and Social Care but at the same time have strong links with the Law Subject Group in the Business School and am the Law Research Lead and a council member of the Scottish Universities Law Institute.

I very much welcome enquiries and applications from potential Ph.D candidates relating to my research interests.




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Deprivation of Liberty (Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act reform) Working Group
  • Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the Mental Health Act
  • 'The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Strategies of Support and Safeguarding' at 'Operationalising Art 12.4 safeguards in the three jurisdictions of the United Kingdon, before the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Geneva
  • Organising Committee Uk Disability Law Conference
  • Invited to give evidence, Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee
  • Board Member, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
  • Member of Advisory Panel to Alzheimer Scotland for Nuffield Foundation funded project Dementia: autonomy and decision-making. Principles into Practice.
  • Member of South East Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
  • Member of Scottish Government Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 Implementation Steering Group.
  • Member of Research Advisory Group at Scottish Human Rights Commission.
  • Member of National Advisory Committee, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • Member of Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland
  • Member of Human Rights and Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Member of Executive Committee, representing Edinburgh Napier University, of the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum (a joint initiative between Scottish university Law Schools)


Conference Activity

  • 'Is there a role for supported decision-making in mental health legisaltion', SLSA Annual Conference, Newcastle University
  • Invited to deliver workshop 'Application of law, equality and human rights for workers with dementia', STUC/Age Scotland Conference 'Dementia and the Workplace'
  • Inivted paper 'Deprivation of Liberty', LAw Society of Scotland Guardianship and Intervention Conference
  • 'Closing the 'Bournewood Gap' in Scotland? ECHR and UNCRPD Considerations', SLSA Annual Conference, Lancaster University
  • 'perationalising Arts 12(30 and 1294) of the UNCRPD: Observations from Scotland', Uk Disability Law Conference, Nottingham University
  • ‘The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Strategies of Support and Safeguarding’, Operationalising Article 12.4 safeguards in the three jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Geneva
  • 'Support for the exercise of legal capacity in the three jurisdictions of the UK', Three Jurisdictions Project Final Report Launch, Institute of Government, London
  • Session organiser, Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at National Level, at International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress, Vienna
  • Chair/discussant (break out session), De facto detention, “National Preventive Mechanism 5 Years On” Conference, (UK-wide bodies inspecting and reporting on detention situations as required by the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Agains
  • Chair at Seminar Borderline Personality Disorder and Self-Harm (considering how public services and professionals can respond more effectively to the issue using a user and rights centred perspective), a joint initiative between Perth and Kinross Council
  • Chair and discussant, Scottish Law Commission Report on Adults with Incapacity, Legal Services Agency Adults with Incapacity Conference
  • Deprivation of liberty, Conference, Queen Mary University of London.


Editorial Activity

  • Joint editor and contributor for Scotland, Mental Capacity Law Newsletter
  • Editor, Juridical Review
  • Editor, International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner for Robert Gordon University on LLM programmes.
  • External Examiner LLM Mental Health Law) Northumbria University


Invited Speaker

  • Inivted paper, 'UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implications for adults with incapacity law', The Future of Guardianship, Legal Services Agency, Glasgow,
  • Invited paper 'The Perimeters of Restriction: Law, Rights and Autonomy in Forensic Mental Health Settings',The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, Dunblane
  • 'Supporting and extending the exercise of legal capcity', SASW Mental Health Officer Forum Annual Study Day, Perth
  • 'Deprivation of LIberty', Fife Council MHOs Development Day
  • Invited speaker, ‘UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Dementia’, Alzheimer Europe, European Parliament
  • Invited speaker, ‘Decision making in complex cases’, Alzheimer Scotland Conference “Dementia: decision making”, Edinburgh.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Deprivation of Liberty, National Preventive Mechanism Annual Meeting, Edinburgh
  • Invited speaker, ‘Deprivation of liberty ECHR and other human rights themes that are/ are not developing post-Scottish Law Commission report’, Law Society of Scotland Mental Health and Incapacity Conference, Glasgow.


Non-executive Directorship

  • Board Member, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
  • Council Member, Scottish Universities Law Institute



  • Reviewer, Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing
  • Reviewer, Medical Law International
  • Guest Review for International Journal of Law and Psychiatry


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