Our first 2015 Lent Lecture is on Tuesday February 24th, 12–1 pm.
Moot Court, Somerset House East Wing, SW1.18, Dickson Poon School of Law, Strand Campus, King’s College London.
Professor Jonathan Herring, DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow in Law, University of Oxford
“Best interests under the Mental Capacity Act; Carers and Relationality”
Many older people are involved in the care of those who have lost their capacity. Some older people have lost capacity themselves. When someone loses capacity a decision must be made based on their own best interests. However, the definition of best interests is notoriously opaque. This lecture will focus on the question of how, if at all, the interests of those in caring relationships with the person who has lost capacity should be taken into account in a best interests assessment. It will be argued that a best interest assessment must take into account the caring relationships within which the person who has lost capacity is living. That, it will be argued, is justified under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act, most philosophical approaches to best interests, and the reality of our lives.
The lecture is free and open to all but places may be limited.
Information about the whole 2015 Lent Lecture series is available here.