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School of Law

Childbirth and the Court of Protection

8 March 2017

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2 1DD

This seminar is co-hosted by Queen Mary's School of Law, 39 Essex Chambers and Birthrights and is part of the 'Conversations in Health Law’ series.

This seminar will take a critical look at forced caesarean decisions in the Court of Protection including:

  • What is the appropriate threshold for capacity to make childbirth decisions? How does the court’s assessment of capacity in childbirth compare to capacity to make other reproductive decisions?
  • What evidence does the court use to assess a woman’s best interests in childbirth? Are there more sources of evidence on which the court could draw?
  • How can the court be better informed of the woman’s preferences?
  • What role does safety of the foetus play in decision-making?
  • What is the procedure for bringing these cases to court? Can it be improved?


Chaired by Mrs Justice Parker DBE.

Speakers include:

Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. To register, please contact Beth Williams:


For more information on this event, please email

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