Seminar series: Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach

17th January 2017, 10.00 – 15.30, University of Leeds

This research seminar series considers a range of European legislative responses to anticipatory decision-making, seeking to explore those responses within the practical contexts within which advance decision-making occurs. It links legal discourse with policy and practice discourses, and considers how a shared understanding of the purpose and potential for anticipatory decision-making may facilitate the drafting of advance decisions that both reflect the author’s intentions and are likely to be capable of implementation by healthcare professionals at a later date. It is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

The sixth seminar in the series will take place on 17 January 2017, focussing upon on the ways in which advance decisions might be promoted and regulated at European and international levels. The key relevant international/regional institutions are the Council of Europe (particularly its European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and Convention on Biomedicine); the European Union; and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These legal instruments and institutions interact in important and under-researched ways, both with each other, and with national regulatory structures, as well as with ethical codes and other approaches to regulation, for instance through professional gate-keeping.

The following papers will be presented:

Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, University of Sheffield: “Advance-Decision Making in European Union Law: problems and potential”

Stefania Negri, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Salerno: “Searching for common grounds and principles for the regulation of advance directives in Europe: the contribution of the Council of Europe”

Oliver Lewis, Professor of Law & Social Justice, University of Leeds: “Does the CRPD advance advance directives in mental healthcare?”

For further information, including abstracts and speaker biographies please see the series website:, or contact the convenor Dr Samantha Halliday,

Seminars are free, but registration is required and places are limited. Please register via Eventbrite:


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