Sascha Callaghan

PhD Candidate
Centre for Values Ethics and the Law in Medicine

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Biography

I am a lawyer and doctoral researcher at the Centre for Values Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and a Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

My PhD research is in mental health law, and concerns the basis for involuntary treatment for mental illness. I argue for a rights-based approach to mental health treatment in line with the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

More generally I am interested in decision making capacity, specifically what capacity means in terms of legal personhood, and the cognitive qualifications for the right to live as we choose.

Publications

  • Christopher James Ryan, Sascha Callaghan & Matthew M. Large, 'Better Laws for Coercive Psychiatric Treatment: Lessons from the Waterlow Case' (2012) 20 Australasian Psychiatry 283.
  • Sascha Callaghan & Christopher James Ryan, 'Financial Harm and "Serious Harm" to Self as a Criterion for Involuntary Treatment of Mental Illness' (2012) 9 Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 239.
  • Sascha Callaghan, 'The Human Right to Be Protected from Suicide: Rabone and Another (Appellants) v Pennine Care [2012] Uksc 2' (2012) 9 Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 231
  • Sascha Callaghan & Christopher James Ryan, 'Western Australia - Rising to the Human Rights Challenge? [Letter]' (2012) 46 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 683.
  • Sascha Callaghan & Christopher James Ryan, 'Rising to the Human Rights Challenge in Compulsory Treatment – New Approaches to Mental Health Law in Australia' (2012) 46 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 611.