Jill Stavert
Jill Stavert

Prof Jill Stavert

Professor

Biography

I am a Professor of Mental Health and Capacity Law situated within our School of Health and Social Care, and lead the university's interdisciplinary Centre for Mental Health Practice, Policy and Law Research (CMHPPLR). I also founded in 2013 and led the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, which is now a CMHPPLR unit.

My areas of research, expertise and training/teaching are international, European and national human rights and mental health and mental capacity law and related law, policy and practice review and reform. I am particularly interested in decision-making and supported decision-making, achieving the right to the highest attainable standard of mental health, alternatives to coercive psychiatric treatment and other non-consensual interventions, and law and policy reform, lived experience experiences, equality and intersectionality (persons experiencing discrimination because of a number of different characteristics) issues and institutional, judicial and state responses in these areas. It is essential that law, policy and practice and related research works meaningfully and effectively for those who are subject to it.

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 speak/present at conferences and seminars .

My recent work has included/includes:

1. Law and policy reform - I am currently a member of the Scottish Mental Health Law Review (Scott Review) Executive Team and lead the Review's Capacity and Support for Decision-Making workstream. I was previously an expert advisor to the Scottish Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act and a member of the Deprivation of Liberty and Supported Decision-Making Working Groups in the Scottish Government review of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act.
2. Stakeholder experiences of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.
3. Accommodations for persons living with dementia in the workplace.
4. The impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions on law, policy and practice relating to persons with mental disabilities.

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 with external academics and stakeholders.

I am a council member of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, and a member of the Organising Committee of the UK and Ireland Mental Diversity Law Network, the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and the International Guardianship Network.

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

Themes

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Covid-19 Public Inquiry
  • Scottish Parliament COVID-19 Academic Expert
  • Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee
  • Scottish Government Adults with Incapacity Emergency Legislation Commencement Consideration Group
  • Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Rights in Mind Expert Group
  • Scrutiny advisory group on (COVID-19) emergency powers relating to Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003
  • Member of Independent Mental Health Law Review Executive Team (the Scott Review)
  • Legal expert to the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act (Rome Review)
  • Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the Mental Health Act Law and Policy Advisory Group
  • Scottish Government Deprivation of Liberty (Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act reform) Working Group
  • Scottish Government Supported Decision-Making Working Group
  • '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 and Ireland Mental Diversity Law Network
  • UK and Ireland Mental Diversity Law Network Organising Committee
  • Invited to give evidence, Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee
  • Member of Scottish Government Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 Implementation Steering Group.
  • Member of Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland
  • Member of South East Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
  • 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 National Advisory Committee, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • Member of Executive Committee, representing Edinburgh Napier University, of the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum (a joint initiative between Scottish university Law Schools)
  • Member of Research Advisory Group at Scottish Human Rights Commission.
  • Member of Human Rights and Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer Scotland

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Edinburgh Rights Based Care Partnership Human Rights Symposium
  • Invited to deliver workshop 'Application of law, equality and human rights for workers with dementia', STUC/Age Scotland Conference 'Dementia and the Workplace'
  • UK & Ireland Mental Diversity Law Conference Organising Committee
  • 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 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

 

Editorial Activity

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

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Edinburgh, Mental Health Law Masters
  • Ph.D Examination - Queensland University of Technology
  • Ph.D First Year Examination - University of Cambridge
  • Ph.D Examination - University of Melbourne
  • External Examiner LLB(Hons) programme, School of Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Ph.D Examination - University of Nottingham
  • External Examiner LLM Mental Health Law Northumbria University
  • External Examiner for Robert Gordon University on LLM programmes.

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Doctoral Programme in Law (funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement), University of Eastern Finland

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Peer review, Chief Scientist Office, Scotland, Scottish Clinical Academic Training Fellowships
  • Peer review, ESRC UKRI
  • Peer review, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Dutch Research Council)

 

Invited Speaker

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Capacity Law and Practice , Legal Services Agency webinar
  • Human rights developments and myth-busting, Edinburgh Rights Based Care Partnership Symposium
  • Supported decision-making and paradigm shifts: avoiding replacing the old with the old
  • The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland: the Views and Experiences of Patients, Named Persons, Practitioners and Tribunal Panel members, IALMH 2019, Rome
  • The Role of Mental Health Tribunals in a CRPD-compliant World, IALMH 2019, Rome
  • Invited participant: ' Supported Decision-Making in Socio-Legal Context' workshop at International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain
  • Invited participant in Workshop 'Disability and (Virtual) Institutions?: Interventions, Integration and Inclusion', International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain
  • Invited 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
  • Invited paper 'Deprivation of Liberty', Law Society of Scotland Guardianship and Intervention Conference
  • 'Deprivation of LIberty', Fife Council MHOs Development Day
  • 'Support for the exercise of legal capacity in the three jurisdictions of the UK', Three Jurisdictions Project Final Report Launch, Institute of Government, London
  • ‘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
  • Deprivation of liberty, Conference, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Chair and discussant, Scottish Law Commission Report on Adults with Incapacity, Legal Services Agency Adults with Incapacity Conference
  • 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.
  • 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

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • International Guardianship Network

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Director, WCAC 2022 LIMITED
  • Council Member, Scottish Universities Law Institute
  • Board Member, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

 

Reviewing

  • Laws
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • Reviewer, Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing
  • Reviewer, Medical Law International

 

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Domestic legislation and international human rights standards: the case of mental health and incapacity

Journal Article
Stavert, J., & McGregor, R. (2018)
Domestic legislation and international human rights standards: the case of mental health and incapacity. International Journal of Human Rights, 22(1), 70-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1390307
The right to health has been somewhat neglected in discussions about human rights at both national and international levels. States are often reluctant to implement socio-econ...

Still resolving the deprivation of liberty challenge in Scotland?

Presentation / Conference
Stavert, J. (2017, July)
Still resolving the deprivation of liberty challenge in Scotland?. Paper presented at International Academy of Law and Mental Health International Congress, Prague
No abstract available.

Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Egdell, V., Stavert, J., Ritchie, L., Tolson, D., Danson, M., & Cook, M. (2017, July)
Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland. Paper presented at British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 2017
The prevalence of dementia in the UK is increasing with over 800,000 people currently affected. Of this number in excess of 40,000 are aged under 65 years suggesting that a si...

The legal implications of dementia in the workplace

Journal Article
Egdell, V., Stavert, J., & McGregor, R. (2017)
The legal implications of dementia in the workplace. Ageing and society, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X17000642
Dementia is a growing issue in the United Kingdom (UK) with over 800,000 people affected. Of these people in excess of 40,000 are aged under 65 years. Thus, a significant numb...

Scotland's Mental Health and Capacity Law: A Case for Reform

Report
Stavert, J., & McKay, C. (2017)
Scotland's Mental Health and Capacity Law: A Case for Reform. Edinburgh: Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Report of joint Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law law reform scoping exercise.

Is there a role for supported decision-making in mental health legislation

Presentation / Conference
Stavert, J. (2017, April)
Is there a role for supported decision-making in mental health legislation. Paper presented at SLSA Annual Conference, 2017, Newcastle University

Supported Decision-Making: Good Practice Guide

Report
Stavert, J. (2016)
Supported Decision-Making: Good Practice Guide. Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Supported decision-making maximizes an individual's ability to ensure that their rights, will and preferences are at the centre of all decisions that concern them...

Mental health, incapacity and the law in Scotland.

Book
Stavert, J., & Patrick, H. (2016)
Mental health, incapacity and the law in Scotland. Bloomsbury Publishing
This highly regarded book is a comprehensive and up to date guide to mental health law in Scotland. Every aspect of mental health law is explained, including tribunal procedur...

Dementia in the workplace: establishing a cross disciplinary research

Presentation / Conference
Egdell, V., Stavert, J. & McGregor, R. (2016, July)
Dementia in the workplace: establishing a cross disciplinary research. Paper presented at British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Stirling. (Unpublished)

Operationalising Arts 12(3) and 12(4) of the UNCRPD: Observations from Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Stavert, J. (2016, June)
Operationalising Arts 12(3) and 12(4) of the UNCRPD: Observations from Scotland. Paper presented at UK and Ireland Mental Diversity Law Conference 2016, University of Nottingham

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