Hunger Strikes in Prison: A Legal Perspective for Psychiatrists

(2017) 34 Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Early View

10 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2017

See all articles by Gautam Gulati

Gautam Gulati

University of Limerick

Darius Whelan

University College Cork - School of Law

Eimear A. Spain

University of Limerick

David Meagher

University of Limerick

Colum Dunne

University of Limerick

Date Written: August 01, 2017

Abstract

Hunger strikes in a custodial setting are complex to manage clinically, with associated legal and ethical complexities. Hunger strikes in Irish prisons have received, and are likely to continue to be the focus of, considerable media attention. Whilst there is an internationally accepted consensus ethical position, there is limited legal guidance available for psychiatrists to draw upon in such cases. In this paper, we review recent case-law and discuss the legal considerations in the management of prisoners on hunger strike.

Keywords: Law, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Capacity, Consent, Prisons, Prisoners, Criminal Justice

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Gulati, Gautam and Whelan, Darius and Spain, Eimear A. and Meagher, David and Dunne, Colum, Hunger Strikes in Prison: A Legal Perspective for Psychiatrists (August 01, 2017). (2017) 34 Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Early View . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3061508

Gautam Gulati

University of Limerick ( email )

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

Darius Whelan (Contact Author)

University College Cork - School of Law ( email )

Cork
Cork
Ireland
+353-21-490 3000 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ucc.ie/law/

Eimear A. Spain

University of Limerick ( email )

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

David Meagher

University of Limerick ( email )

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

Colum Dunne

University of Limerick ( email )

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

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