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Dr Charlotte Emmett

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Charlotte is an Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria Law School and the Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She joined Northumbria University in 1997 after practising as a solicitor in London, Greece and Australia. She obtained her teaching qualification (PGCE(HE) in law) at the University of Wales, Cardiff before joining the Law School.

Charlotte's research interests are in mental capacity law and practice. She was the founding editor of the Journal of Mental Health Law and developed the first postgraduate Masters programmes in mental health law in the Law School. She has trained a wide range of legal, health and social care professionals in mental health and mental capacity law for over 20 years.

Charlotte has taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Law School and was Director of Education between 2017 and 2021. She is an external examiner, an assessor on the Law Society's Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Charlotte Emmett

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Charlotte has researched and published in mental health and mental capacity law for over 20 years. Much of her socio-legal research is interdisciplinary and focuses on mental capacity and decision making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) in dementia care.  Her research was presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly Ad Hoc Joint Committee considering the Mental Capacity Bill and informed the NICE Guideline [NG108] Mental Capacity and Decision Making. 

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  • Decision making in dementia care: towards legal clarity and the acknowledgement of personal values, Emmett, C. 14 Dec 2023
  • Dementia, Law and Ethics: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Other, Hughes, J., Beatty, A., Emmett, C. 21 Dec 2020
  • Malingered Mental Health: Legal Review and Clinical Challenges in English and Welsh Law, Beazley, P., Emmett, C. 27 Apr 2022, In: International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law
  • Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry: Chapter 52: Mental capacity and decision making, Emmett, C., Hughes, J. 26 Nov 2020, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Residence Capacity: its nature and assessment, Hughes, J., Poole, M., Louw, S., Greener, H., Emmett, C. 1 Sep 2020, Clinical Topics in Old Age Psychiatry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Legal Issues in Life-Limiting Illness: Can Cross-Agency, Interprofessional Education Support Integration of Care?, Hawkins, C., Rothwell, C., Close, H., Emmett, C., Hesselgreaves, H. Dec 2021, In: Journal of law and medicine
  • Resuscitation decisions at the end of life: medical views and the juridification of practice, Maccormick, F., Emmett, C., Paes, P., Hughes, J. 9 Mar 2018, In: Journal of Medical Ethics
  • The Montgomery ruling, individual values and shared decision-making in psychiatry, Hughes, J., Crepaz-keay, D., Emmett, C., Fulford, K. 1 Mar 2018, In: BJ Psych Advances
  • Best Interests, Emmett, C., Hughes, J. 27 Jun 2019, Mental Capacity Legislation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Dementia, Religion and Spirituality, Emmett, C. 11 Jun 2019, Dementia, Disability and Human Rights Conference

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Sexual Autonomy, Identity, and Protection in Adult Care Setting funded by the Modern Law Review 2023
  • Invited talk: “Update on the Draft Code of Practice to the MCA and Liberty Protection Safeguards”. 2022
  • Invited talk: Dementia, Religion and Spirituality 2019
  • Invited talk: Assessing mental capacity in people with communication problems 2018
  • Oral presentation: Going home? A study of capacity and best interests in people with dementia being discharged from hospital 2014
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: 24th Alzheimer Europe Conference20–22 October 2014 / Glasgow 2014

Karena Hester Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Preventative Law as a framework to safeguard the advance healthcare decision-making rights of persons with dementia in Ireland. Start Date: 06/05/2021

  • PhD December 14 2023
  • Law PGCHE June 30 1996
  • September 01 1991
  • French Law PGDip June 30 1990
  • Law LLB (Hons) September 01 1989
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


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