Professor Genevra Richardson FBA

Public law; administrative justice and the relationship between law and medicine, particularly law and psychiatry

Elected 2007

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Genevra Richardson has been Professor of Law at King's College London since 2005. Before coming to King's she was Professor of Public Law at Queen Mary, University of London. She has a long-standing interest in law and psychiatry. In 1998-9 she chaired the Expert Committee established by the Department of Health to advise ministers on the reform of mental health legislation. In recent years she has conducted research into the assessment of mental capacity with a team from the Institute of Psychiatry. She has been a member of Council of the Medical Research Council and the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Current post

Professor of Law, King's College London

Past appointments

King's College London University of London Professor of Law

2005 -

Queen Mary University of London Dean of the Faculty of Law

1996 - 1999

Queen Mary University of London Professor of Public Law

1994 - 2005

Wolfson College University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

1974 - 1978


Mental Disabilities and the Law from Substitute to Supported Decision-Making Current Legal Problems

Published in 2012

“Mental Capacity in the Shadow of Suicide: What can the law do?”

Published in 2013 by International Journal of Law in Context

Bournewood fifteen years on Landmark cases in medical law

Published in 2015

Law, Process and Custody: Prisoners and Patients

Published in 1993

Report of the Expert Committee, Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

Published in 1999

Autonomy, Guardianship and Mental Disorder: One Problem, Two Solutions

Published in 2002 by 65 Modern Law Review 702-723

Six Fellows of the British Academy make the case for the importance of the humanities and social sciences

20 Nov 2018

As part of the #howhumanities and #howsocialscience series, six fellows highlight the importance of these disciplines.

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