This ‘conversation’ problematizes the role and contribution of the law in a context of talk of a “crisis in care” in relation to older people. It first sets out the legal situation, identifying the role of law and human rights in ensuring a decent standard of care in old age. However, the use of law to ensure rights to a decent standard of care is not a panacea. The law sets down minimum standards, not the standards to which we should aspire. The presentation goes on to consider other elements of an appropriate and effective response to protecting the rights and interests of older people regarding care.
The presentation will be given by Jonathan Herring, DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow and Tutor in Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford, and will be followed by an open discussion.