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Exceptions and Exclusions: The Right to Informed Consent for Medical Treatment of People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Europe

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This article examines the relevant international law relating to informed consent to treatment for individuals with psychosocial disabilities and reflects on the protection offered in this respect by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. The article argues that while the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is beginning to influence case law of the European Court of Human Rights, only 'weak' protection has been afforded to people with psychosocial disabilities by the ECHR and the Court in relation to informed consent for medical treatment.

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  • CAPACITY, CONVENTION, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DECISION-MAKING, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), MENTAL-HEALTH LAWS, SUPPORT, human rights, informed consent, legal capacity, medical treatment, psychosocial disabilities
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279 – 304
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016