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Dr Jillian Craigie
Dr Jill Craigie, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics

Dr Jillian Craigie

Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics

Research subject areas

  • Ethics
  • Law

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Dr Jillian Craigie's work sits at the interface of philosophy, psychology and law, bringing together interests in moral psychology, human decision-making and policy questions concerning personal rights and responsibilities. The themes of this work include the role of emotion and reason in moral deliberation; the relationship between accounts of rationality and mental incapacity tests and the relevance of mental capacities for recognition as a legal agent. Her more applied work has examined law concerning undue influence, and the impact of alcohol dependence on the capacity to consent to treatment. These interests evolved from a background in neuroscience (BSc, Australian National University and University of Melbourne) and philosophy (PhD, Monash University).

Dr Craigie is currently a Principal Investigator on the Wellcome ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Collaborative Award, which is a multi-disciplinary initiative addressing tensions related to the legal constructs of ‘mental capacity’ and ‘supported decision-making’. Within the collaboration, she leads a group investigating conceptual and empirical questions raised by the implementation of supported decision-making for people with mental disabilities. Dr Craigie previously held funding from both the Wellcome and Nuffield Foundation as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University College London.

Research interests

Moral psychology, ethics, mental disability policy and law


  • Moral Theory and Medical Ethics
  • Topics in Medical Ethics I & II
  • Mental Health Ethics
  • Analytic Skills for Medical Ethics

Selected publications 

Problems of control: Alcohol dependence, anorexia nervosa and the flexible interpretation of mental incapacity tests, Craigie, J. & Davies, A., 1 May 2019, in: Medical Law Review. 27, 2, p. 215-241

Legal capacity, mental capacity and supported decision-making: Report from a panel event, Craigie, J., Bach, M., Gurbai, S., Kanter, A., Kim, S. Y. H., Lewis, O. & Morgan, G., 31 Oct 2018, in: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry

Interdisciplinary workshop on “mental disorder and self over time”, Gold, N., Craigie, J. & Gergel, T., 18 Aug 2017, in: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. p. 1-7

A fine balance: reconsidering patient autonomy in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Craigie, J., 1 Jul 2015, in: Bioethics. 29, 6, p. 398-405

Moral modification and the social environment, Craigie, J., 1 Jun 2015, in: Philosophy Psychiatry & Psychology. 21, 2, p. 127-129

Against a singular understanding of legal capacity: Criminal responsibility and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Craigie, J., 18 May 2015, in: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 40, p. 6-14

Rationality, diagnosis and patient autonomy in psychiatry, Craigie, J. M. & Bortolotti, L., 1 Dec 2014, Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics. Sadler, J. Z., van Staden, C. W. & Fullford, K. W. M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. 1. p. 387-404