Alex is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice at 39 Essex Chambers focused on mental capacity and mental health law, and he has appeared in cases involving these issues in both the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Alex 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.
Alex is the creator of the website Mental Capacity and Law Policy, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.
Since 2017, Alex has been a Wellcome Research Fellow King’s College London, since 2019 a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the IoPPN and since 2020 a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law.
- Mental capacity law
- Mental health law
Alex co-leads the Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc, and teaches the Mental Health Law: the Civil Context module. He also teaches Law at the End of Life.
Expertise and public engagement
Alex is 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 throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983. In 2020, he was appointed a special adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for their inquiry into the human rights implications of the Government’s response to COVID-19.
Editor, BMA/Law Society Guide to the Assessment of Mental Capacity (BMA/Law Society, forthcoming, 2021);
Co-editor, Law and Ethics in Intensive Care Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2020);
Editor, the Court of Protection Handbook (Legal Action Group, 3rd edition, 2019);
Co-author with Camillia Kong, Overcoming Challenges in the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Practical Guidance for Working with Complex Issues (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018);
Co author, annual Court of Protection Practice textbook published by Jordans.
Owen, G., Ruck Keene, A., Kuylen, M. & Duffy, B., 2020, Resource allocation, Age and COVID-19. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Stephenson, L., Stephenson, L., Owen, G., Ruck Keene, A., Larry, R., Gergel, T., Gieselmann, A. & Scholten, M., 16 Oct 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 11, 538107. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.538107
Ruck Keene, A., 2016, In : Medical Law Review. 24, 2, p. 286-9 4 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fww002
Ruck Keene, A. C. E. & Lee, A., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 45, 12, p. 794-799 6 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2019-105599
Burman, R., Cairns, R., Sergio, C., Elias, R., Metaxa, V., Owen, G., Polat, H., Ruck Keene, A. & Sutherland, E., 26 Aug 2020, In : BMJ (International Edition). 370, p. m3268 m3268. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3268
Brown, C., Ruck Keene, A., Hooper, C. R. & O'Brien, A., 1 Jul 2020, In : International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 71, 101572. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101572
Stephenson, L., Gergel, T., Ruck Keene, A., Larry, R. & Owen, G., 1 Jul 2020, In : International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 71, 101563. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101563
Kane, N., Ruck Keene, A. C. E. & Owen, G., 23 Jul 2019, In : British Journal of Psychiatry. Research output: Contribution to journal - Letter
Hindley, G., Stephenson, L. A., Ruck Keene, A., Rifkin, L., Gergel, T. & Owen, G., 23 Apr 2019, In : Wellcome Open Research. 4, 16 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.14989.2
Klein, A. A., Bailey, C. R., Charlton, A., Lawson, C., Nimmo, A. F., Payne, S., Ruck Keene, A., Shortland, R., Smith, J., Torella, F. & Wade, P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Anaesthesia. 74, 1, p. 74-82 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/anae.14441