[SydPhil] Macquarie Public lecture

Jeanette Kennett jeanette.kennett at mq.edu.au
Mon Oct 21 11:18:51 AEDT 2013

*Centre for Agency Values and Ethics Public Lecture: Wednesday 23rd October

*Professor Bernadette McSherry *

Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute,

University of Melbourne**

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*will speak on *

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*Legal Capacity, Mental Capacity and *

*the Convention on the Rights of *

*Persons with Disabilities*
Time: 5.30 pm Venue: Australian Hearing Hub Building, Lecture Theatre One,
Macquarie campus

*(The lecture will be followed by a reception – all welcome)*

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities requires states parties to ensure that persons with
disabilities “enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all
aspects of life”. This presentation will explore what is meant by “legal
capacity” and its constituent elements of legal standing and legal agency.
It will outline recent research on what is meant by “support” to exercise
legal capacity and how the traditional model of equating legal (in)capacity
with mental (in)capacity is now being challenged in the light of the

About Bernadette McSherry:

Professor McSherry is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social
Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty
of Law, Monash University. She is an Australian Research Council Federation
Fellow. She has honours degrees in Arts and Law, Masters of Law from the
University of Melbourne, a PhD from York University, Canada and a Graduate
Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She is a Fellow of the
Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian
Academy of Law. Professor McSherry is a legal member of the Mental Health
Review Board of Victoria and has acted as a consultant to government on
criminal law, sentencing and mental health law issues.

Jeanette Kennett FAHA
Professor of Moral Psychology
Cognitive Science CORE
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
NSW 2109
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