School of Law

Global Mental Health: a Human Rights Movement?

08 May 2013 | 17:30h | Lecture
Liberty Building, Room LG.06

A lecture by Oliver Lewis, Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Budapest, and Visiting Lecturer at the School of Law.

In this lecture, Oliver will review the work of the global movement for mental health, lay out some of the recent achievements of the worldwide disability rights community, and analyse ways in which the movement is advancing or hindering a human rights agenda.

Oliver Lewis is Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international human rights NGO. MDAC challenges the dehumanisation of people by psychiatric and disability laws and services. Oliver has experience advocating before a variety of human rights mechanisms at the UN and European levels on issues including torture, the right to vote, denial of autonomy, and the right to education. 

This is Oliver’s first lecture at the University of Leeds since he became a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Law in 2012. Oliver obtained his LLB from the London School of Economics, and has masters degrees in medical law and ethics, and in public administration. For the past ten years has taught mental disability law at the Central European University in Budapest. He also teaches on the International Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights, run by the Indian Law Society in Pune, India. He tweets at @olewis75, and writes a blog at

Location Details

Liberty Building, LG.06
School of Law
Moorland Road
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT.

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map, and is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School).

From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00. Alternatively, the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes.

If travelling by car, there is a visitors' car park at the south end of the University campus or there is limited four-hour street parking on Belle Vue Road immediately behind the Liberty Building.

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