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Ms Amanda Keeling

University Academic Fellow in Disability Law

I completed my LLB at King’s College London in 2007 and went on to study an MA in Human Rights at University College London.  After my MA I worked for several third sector organisations and NGOs in the human rights field, before joining the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Group as a research assistant.


I joined the school in September 2015 from the University of Nottingham, where I had been studying for my PhD. 

Research Interests

My broad research interest is in disability law and socio-legal studies, with a focus on empirical work.  My research explores the role of law in our society; how it shapes professional practice, how it is interpreted by non-lawyers, particularly social care and health practitioners, and the impact of this practice on disabled people.

I have a particular interest in the interpretation and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and am currently exploring the utility of the Care Act 2014 in furthering some of these aims with regards to adult safeguarding.


  • LAW2620 Law & Society
  • LAW2680 Researching Law
  • LAW 5195M International Human Rights & Disabled People

Key Publications

Keeling, A., (2017) ‘’Organising Objects’: Adult Safeguarding Practice and Article 16 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ International Journal of Psychiatry (in press)

Keeling, A., (2016) ‘Supported Decision Making: The Rights of People with Dementia‘ Nursing Standard 30(30) 38-44

Welsh, Susan F, and Keeling, A., (2013) ‘The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ in Mental Capacity Legislation: Principles and Practice, ed. Jacob R, Gunn, M., and Holland, A. (RCPsych Publications)

Redley, M., Maina, E., Keeling, A., Pattni, P.,(2012) 'The voting rights of adults with intellectual disabilities: reflections on the arguments, and situation in Kenya and England and Wales', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(11) 1026-35.

Keeling, A., (2011) 'Legal Aspects', in Mental Health in Care Homes, ed. by Tom Dening and Alisoun Milne (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

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