Paul Skowron



Paul Skowron

DipHE Adult Nursing (Manchester Metropolitan University), LLB (University of Salford)

Post-Doc Researcher

I joined York Law School in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Wellcome Trust funded Mental Health and Justice project.

I first became interested in mental capacity law when working as a nurse on a neurological rehabilitation ward. Once qualified, I worked as a staff nurse on a High Dependency Unit, where I found that mental capacity issues often raised a complicated mixture of practical, legal, and philosophical problems. In time, this led to me studying an LLB, and then to legal research. I still specialise broadly around the area of mental capacity law.



  • Mental health law
  • Mental capacity law
  • International human rights law
  • Moral philosophy
  • Medical law


My work on the project is about the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for domestic law. The Convention requires that the law moves towards ‘supported decision-making’, in which people with mental disabilities are helped to make decisions instead of other people making decisions for them. My work asks what this requires from the domestic legal system.


Selected publications

  • Skowron P, ‘The Relationship between Autonomy and Adult Mental Capacity in the Law of England and Wales’ (under review)
  • Skowron P, ‘Humility when Responding to the Abuse of Adults with Mental Disabilities’ (2017) 53 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 102
  • Skowron P, ‘John Harrington, Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law’ (Book Review) (2017) Medical Law Review
  • Skowron P, ‘The Implications of Meno’s Paradox for the Mental Capacity Act 2005’ (2016) 24 Medical Law Review 279
  • Skowron P, ‘Evidence and Causation in Mental Capacity Assessments’ (2014) 22 Medical Law Review 631

Contact details

Mr Paul Skowron
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5802