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Professor Genevra Richardson

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Laws, King's College London

  • Bachelor of Laws, King's College London


Research interests

Genevra Richardson's research and publications have covered administrative law and administrative justice, prison law and law and psychiatry. While most of her research has been library based she has retained an interest in empirical socio-legal research and continues to be involved in empirical projects. She is frequently invited to present her work overseas and to contribute to international collections and journals.

Currently Genevra Richardson maintains three main areas of research interest: administrative justice, law and psychiatry and the regulation of biomedical research. Her interest in administrative justice relates closely to her past work on the Council on Tribunals and the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council. In law and psychiatry she continues to examine the possible ethical bases for legal intervention and is also part of a team based at the Institute of Psychiatry which has received funds from both the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust to examine various aspects of consent to treatment within psychiatry. Finally, her involvement with the regulation of stem cell banking has led to a growing interest in the role of regulation in the field of biomedical research.




  •  Public Law


  •  Mental Health Law

Biographical details

Genevra Richardson came to King’s in 2005. She had taught for many years at Queen Mary, University of London, where she was Dean of the Law Faculty from 1996 to 1999. Prior to this she was at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Genevra Richardson started out as a public lawyer but has become increasingly interested in law and medicine and, in particular, law and psychiatry. She was book review editor of Public Law for many years and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health Law and the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry.

Professor Richardson’s academic interests have led to her involvement in a number of related activities. In 1998 she was invited to chair the Expert Committee established by the Department of Health to advise ministers on the reform of mental health legislation. The Committee reported in 1999. She has been a member of the Council on Tribunals/Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and is a member of the Medical Research Council, the Steering Committee of the UK Stem Cell Bank and the Wellcome Trust's Medical Humanities Strategy Committee. In 2003 she became a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation; in 2004 she was elected to an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She was awarded a CBE for "services to public law" in the 2007 New Year’s honours and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in July 2007.

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