University of Technology Sydney

76038 Law and Mental Health

Requisite(s): 70311 Torts
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 78149 Law and Mental Health AND 78150 Law and Mental Health


This subject provides students with an introduction to law and mental health, notably exploring the interface of law with the disciplines medicine and health. Students explore the legal frameworks for coercive mental health interventions encountered by people with psychosocial disabilities and cognitive impairments and approach coercive interventions as a social justice (rather than purely medical) issue. The application of current legal principles and practices are examined as well as alternatives offered by international human rights norms and domestic law reform proposals. As a result, students are able to situate the law of coercive mental health interventions in broader social and political contexts.

The subject takes an interdisciplinary approach drawing on legal doctrine, law reform reports, international human rights commentary, empirical research and critical scholarship. As a result of successfully completing this subject, students can identify systemic legal issues relating to coercive mental health interventions and evaluate the efficacy of different analytical perspectives and legal reform options in relation to contemporary debates about law and mental health.

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