May 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Matrix Chambers
Griffin Buildings
London WC1R 5LN

Mental Health and Human Rights

6:30pm Monday 22 May 2017


Matrix Chambers, Griffin Buildings, London, WC1R 5LN.


The HRLA’s Young Lawyers’ Committee is delighted to invite you to its first event of the year, which will examine the intersection of mental health law and human rights. Join our panel as they provide unique perspectives on this area, drawing on their experience in private practice, academia and civil society. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and drinks reception.


Ranette Prime

Hackney Council and Executive Member of the HRLA



Professor Jill Peay (LSE)

Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Victoria Butler-Cole (39 Essex Chambers)

Court of Protection and Public Bodies

Oliver Lewis (MDAC)

Mental Health and the International Community


Professor Jill Peay

Professor Jill Peay is in the Department of Law at the LSE. She is also a member of the Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Professor Peay’s research interests include mental health law, decision-making and treatment of mentally disordered offenders. She has a PhD in Psychology from Birmingham University and qualified as a Barrister in 1991. She joined the LSE in 1996, having been previously employed at Brunel University and the Oxford University Centre for Criminological Research.


Victoria Butler-Cole

Victoria Butler-Cole is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers specialising in mental health law and community care. Victoria regularly acts in human rights claims arising from the care and treatment of mentally impaired children and adults. She was instructed by Liberty in cases arising from the Winterbourne View scandal and is currently instructed in a number of claims in relation to the use of calm rooms and physical restraint. Before coming to the Bar, Victoria worked in the field of medical ethics and public policy.


Oliver Lewis

Dr Oliver Lewis is an international human rights lawyer with fifteen years’ experience at the interface of mental health, intellectual disability and human rights. He is CEO of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international human rights NGO that uses the law to secure equality, inclusion and justice. He is an Associate Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London, and a Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds.