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Alex Ruck Keene


  • Visiting Professor, Laws
  • Professor - Co-Investigator, Laws
    • Strand - Main Building
      King's College London

      United Kingdom

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    Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, writer and educator. For full details of his practice, see here: He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area. He is the creator of the website, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues. 

    Alex is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law, and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at King’s College London, working on the collaborative Mental Health and Justice project for the period 2017-2022.  He is also a Research Affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and 2018 as legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983. In 2020, he was the specialist adviser to the JCHR for their inquiry into the human rights implications of the Government's response to COVID-19.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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