Conference: European Understandings of Advance Decision-Making

12th September, 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

This interdisciplinary conference marks the culmination of the ESRC research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’.


Registration for the conference is free, but compulsory. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Please register via Eventbrite: Bursaries will be available to fund travel and accommodation costs for PhD students – please email S.Halliday[at] if you wish to apply for financial support. The conference is aimed at both academic and professional attendees.

Keynote speakers

Professor John Ellershaw (Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool)
Professor Rob Heywood (Professor of Medical Law, University of East Anglia).


Dr Louise Bramley, University of Nottingham: Negotiating care services with frailty: Implications for decision making and advance care panning.  Abstract

Astrid Gieselmann & Professor Jochen Vollmann, Ruhr Universität Bochum: How should advance directives be implemented in psychiatry? Clinicians’ attitudes toward different types of advance directives in psychiatric treatment in Germany.  Abstract

Dr Samantha Halliday, University of Leeds, & Professor Jean McHale, University of Birmingham: Basic care, advance decisions and the Burke effect. Abstract

Dr Ruth Horn: “Why should I question a patient’s wish?” A comparative study on physicians’ perspectives on their duties to respect advance directives.  Abstract

Gillian Loomes, University of York: Cripping the Crystal Ball: Exploring the Synergies and Tensions when Advance Care Planning and Disability Politics Meet.  Abstract

Dr Alicia Perez Blanco, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid: Can advance care planning enhance decision-making at end-of-life in the Intensive Care Unit?  Abstract

Kevin De Sabbata, University of Leeds, Advance Directives, Dementia and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A new role for anticipated will.  Abstract

Professor Jo Samanta, De Montfort University: Advance decisions and Welfare LPAs: belt and braces for advance care planning?  Abstract

Dr Lucy Stephenson, Kings’ College London: Provision for Self-Binding Advance Directives Should be Included in Mental Health Act Reform.  Abstract

The conference is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).


This conference is part of the research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It is being organised by the grant holders, Dr Samantha Halliday, Prof. Jörg Richter and Prof Gillian Hundt.

Further information here.



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