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"Promoting excellence in mental health and incapacity law, rights and policy
– the interface between theory, practice and policy nationally and internationally"


The Centre for Mental Health Capacity Law is the first centre of its kind in Scotland intended to bring together mental health and incapacity academics, professionals and third sector organisations to undertake, share and promote research and good practice.


Based at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus, once a military psychiatric hospital during the First World War, the Centre aims to provide the platform for interdisciplinary cooperation in this area.


The Centre’s primary objectives are:

  • ​​To provide an inter-disciplinary platform concerning mental health and incapacity law and healthcare related rights,
  • ​​To support, share and promote expertise and good practice throughout the public and private sectors,
  • ​​To identify areas where research and training would be beneficial.

The Centre’s Focus:

  • Adults with mental health issues in the context of voluntary & involuntary care, treatment, and effective living in society.
  • Adults with incapacity in the context of care, treatment and effective living in society.
  • Children and young adults with mental health and incapacity issues.
  • Individuals with mental health issues in the workplace.


Contact Details

Email: Director – Professor Jill Stavert – j.stavert@napier.ac.uk
Research Assistant – Rebecca McGregor – r.mcgregor@napier.ac.uk

Address: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH11 1DJ