Book Symposium and Public Lecture
  1. 2728Jun.2019

    In Men in White Coats (OUP, 2018), George Szmukler discusses a wide array of ethical problems related to involuntary medical treatment in psychiatry, arguing that mental health laws warranting involuntary treatment based on the presence of a ‘mental disorder’ and a ‘risk to self or others’ discriminate against persons with mental disorders. As a solution to this problem, Szmukler develops a ‘Fusion Law Proposal,’ which bases involuntary treatment squarely on a lack of decision-making capability and ensures that involuntary treatment respects the rights, will and preferences of the person under treatment.


    Registration for the public lecture is not necessary. To register for the workshop, please send a brief e-mail to bochum-salus-project@rub.de. Having read the chapters is not a requirement for participation in the workshop, but copies of the chapters can be made available upon request.


    The lecture and book symposium are organized by the Bochum SALUS project. The Bochum SALUS project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    1. 27. Jun. 2019
      Alexandrinenstraße 1-3
      Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Preventive Medicine, LWL University Hospital Ruhr University Bochum
      Seminar Room 3
      George Szmukler, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Society, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosience, King's College London
    2. 28. Jun. 2019
      Malakowturm / Markstraße 258a
      Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
      Seminar Room, 7th floor
      George Szmukler