Children's Consent: Philosophy and Law in Conversation

March 21, 2019 - March 22, 2019
Exeter College, University of Oxford

Exeter College
Turl Street OX1 3DP
United Kingdom


  • John Fell OUP Research Fund
  • Research Support Fund, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
  • York Law School, University of York
  • Society for Applied Philosophy
  • Exeter College, Oxford


Lancaster University
University College London
University of California, San Diego
Durham University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Oxford
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
University of Zürich
University of Salzburg
University of Western Ontario
University of Warwick


University College London
University of Oxford
University of Western Ontario

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All information for this workshop, including the programme, can be found at

This workshop brings together academics in law and in philosophy to explore children's consent to medical treatment in addition to a range of closely related issues, including children’s values, wellbeing, responsibility, and decision-making capacity. This workshop will be an opportunity to achieve a broader understanding of these matters and of the nature of childhood and of consent more broadly. 

Participants in the workshop will engage a range of questions including:  

Is there, and should there be, any difference between the effect of a consent or refusal of a minor?

What is the basis for holding children responsible? To what extent should children’s responsibility vary across different domains, eg criminal justice and medicine?

What is the best understanding of wellbeing for children and how do those conceptions relate to issues of consent?

A very limited number of attendee places, including provision for six (6) early-career researchers (graduate student or non-permanent staff), are available. Please express your interest by 28 February to: [email protected]

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February 28, 2019, 1:00pm BST

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