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Professor John Dawson

staff_large_dawson_johnMy particular interests are in mental health law, the law governing health information, public law and socio-legal research.

I was educated in New Zealand and North America, at Otago and Harvard universities, and have taught as a visitor at McGill in Montreal and at the University of Toronto. The main focus of my research is the law governing involuntary psychiatric treatment and legal relations between mental health professionals and their clients. I study these matters in the law books and in fieldwork conducted within the mental health services. Often this involves collaboration with health professionals and social scientists. I have also had a long involvement with law reform. In my secondary field of research, public law, my focus has been on relations between the NZ state and Maori, and on Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

My main research project currently is known as the Otago Community Treatment Order Study. This is a study of the use of involuntary outpatient psychiatric treatment. This has been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Law Foundation.

I am also involved in the teaching and supervision of students enrolled in our specialist post-graduate degree: the Masters of Bioethics and Health Law.

Research Interests

Mental Health Law, Law Governing Research, Treaty of Waitangi Settlements

Contact

Tel: +64 3 479 8909
Office: 7th Floor - 7C21
Email: john.dawson@otago.ac.nz

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Publications

Lenagh-Glue, J., Thom, K., O'Brien, A., Potiki, J., Casey, H., Dawson, J., & Glue, P. (2020). The content of Mental Health Advance Preference statements (MAPs): An assessment of completed advance directives in one New Zealand health board. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 68, 101537. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2019.101537

Reuvecamp, I., & Dawson, J. (Eds.). (2019). Mental capacity law in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters, 425p.

Dawson, J. (2019). General principles and sources of mental capacity law. In I. Reuvecamp & J. Dawson (Eds.), Mental capacity law in New Zealand. (pp. 3-16). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J. (2019). The CRPD and mental capacity law. In I. Reuvecamp & J. Dawson (Eds.), Mental capacity law in New Zealand. (pp. 95-109). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J. B. (2018). The Australasian approach to the definition of mental disorder in a Mental Health Act. Medical Law Review, 26(4), 610-632. doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwx057

Edited Book - Research

Reuvecamp, I., & Dawson, J. (Eds.). (2019). Mental capacity law in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters, 425p.

Dawson, J., & Gledhill, K. (Eds.). (2013). New Zealand's Mental Health Act in practice. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press, 416p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Dawson, J. (2019). The CRPD and mental capacity law. In I. Reuvecamp & J. Dawson (Eds.), Mental capacity law in New Zealand. (pp. 95-109). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J. (2019). General principles and sources of mental capacity law. In I. Reuvecamp & J. Dawson (Eds.), Mental capacity law in New Zealand. (pp. 3-16). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J., & Burns, T. (2017). Lowering legal barriers to transitioning mentally disordered offenders into general health care. In A. Buchanan & L. Wootton (Eds.), Care of the mentally disordered offender in the community. (2nd ed.) (pp. 267-282). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Dawson, J. (2016). The powers conferred by community treatment orders. In M. Henaghan & J. Wall (Eds.), Law, ethics, and medicine: Essays in honour of Peter Skegg. (pp. 243-265). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J. (2016). Community treatment orders. In J. Chandler & C. M. Flood (Eds.), Law and mind: Mental health law and policy in Canada. (pp. 139-160). Toronto, Canada: LexisNexis.

Dawson, J. (2016). Community treatment order legislation in the Commonwealth. In A. Molodynski, J. Rugkåsa & T. Burns (Eds.), Coercion in community mental health care: International perspectives. (pp. 23-44). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Dawson, J. (2015). Mental health and intellectual disability. In P. D. G. Skegg & R. Paterson (Eds.), Health law in New Zealand. (pp. 425-511). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Dawson, J. (2013). The complex meaning of 'mental disorder'. In J. Dawson & K. Gledhill (Eds.), New Zealand's Mental Health Act in practice. (pp. 29-45). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Dawson, J., Ellis, P., Glue, P., Goldsmith, D., Lenagh-Glue, J., & Smith, D. A. R. (2013). Mandatory second opinions on compulsory treatment. In J. Dawson & K. Gledhill (Eds.), New Zealand's Mental Health Act in practice. (pp. 229-246). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Dawson, J. (2010). Community treatment orders. In L. Gostin, P. Bartlett, P. Fennell, J. McHale & R. Mackay (Eds.), Principles of mental health law and policy. (pp. 513-554). Oxford University Press.

Dawson, J. (2010). Compulsory outpatient treatment and the calculus of human rights. In B. McSherry & P. Walker (Eds.), Rethinking rights-based mental health laws. (pp. 327-354). Oxford, UK: Hart.

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Journal - Research Article

Lenagh-Glue, J., Thom, K., O'Brien, A., Potiki, J., Casey, H., Dawson, J., & Glue, P. (2020). The content of Mental Health Advance Preference statements (MAPs): An assessment of completed advance directives in one New Zealand health board. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 68, 101537. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2019.101537

Dawson, J. B. (2018). The Australasian approach to the definition of mental disorder in a Mental Health Act. Medical Law Review, 26(4), 610-632. doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwx057

Dawson, J., & O'Reilly, R. (2015). Residence conditions on community treatment orders. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 60(11), 523-527.

Dawson, J. (2015). A realistic approach to assessing mental health laws' compliance with the UNCRPD. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 40, 70-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.04.003

Zhao, X., & Dawson, J. (2014). The new Chinese Mental Health Law. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 21(5), 669-686. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2014.882248

Rugkåsa, J., Dawson, J., & Burns, T. (2014). CTOs: What is the state of the evidence? Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49(12), 1861-1871. doi: 10.1007/s00127-014-0839-7

Burns, T., Rugkåsa, J., Molodynski, A., Dawson, J., Yeeles, K., Vazquez-Montes, M., … Priebe, S. (2013). Community treatment orders for patients with psychosis (OCTET): A randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 381, 1627-1633. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60107-5

Rugkåsa, J., & Dawson, J. (2013). Community treatment orders: Current evidence and the implications. British Journal of Psychiatry, 203, 406-408. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.133900

O'Reilly, R., Dawson, J., & Burns, T. (2012). Best practices in the use of involuntary outpatient treatment. Psychiatric Services, 63(5), 421-423. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.20120p421

Dawson, J., Burns, T., & Rugkåsa, J. (2011). Lawfulness of a randomised trial of the new Community Treatment Order regime for England and Wales. Medical Law Review, 19(1), 1-26. doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwq030

Szmukler, G., Daw, R., & Dawson, J. (2010). The proposal: A model law fusing incapacity and mental health legislation. Journal of Mental Health Law, 20(Special issue), 11-24.

Szmukler, G., Daw, R., & Dawson, J. (2010). The model law: Outline of the model law and addendum. Journal of Mental Health Law, 20(Special issue), 101-126.

Dawson, J., & Szmukler, G. (2006). Fusion of mental health and incapacity legislation. British Journal of Psychiatry, 188, 504-509. doi: 10.1192/bjp.188.6.504

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