Professor Nigel Eastman

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Professor Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman is Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the National Health Service. Alongside his medical training he was called to the Bar, in Gray’s Inn. He has, over a long career, carried out research and published widely on the relationship between law and psychiatry, and is first author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry. He also has thirty years experience of clinical forensic psychiatry. A major focus of his work has been in regard to matters of public policy concerning law and psychiatry, including on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has, for example, given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, and been an advisor to the Law Commission, for example in relation reform of the partial defences to murder and insanity. He has extensive experience of acting as an expert witness in both criminal and civil proceedings, at all levels of proceedings, both in England and Wales and in the jurisdictions of other countries, including in relation to a many capital cases. He has also educated the judiciary, in the UK and abroad, including for the Judicial College for England and Wales in regard to the reformed provisions of ‘diminished responsibility’. He is a member of Forensic Psychiatry Chambers and a door tenant of 33 Bedford Row.

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