Incapacity and Care

Moral Problems in
Healthcare and Research

An international conference to
celebrate the 30th anniversary of
the Linacre Centre’s foundation
St Mary’s University College
Strawberry Hill (near London Heathrow)
5-7 July 2007
Organised by
Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics
London, UK
With sponsorship from
Ave Maria School of Law
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Incapacity and personhood, non-voluntary euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands, research on those unable to consent, reproductive health of mentally ill/intellectually disabled women, non-treatment decisions, responding to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Archbishop Mario Conti, Fr Benedict Groeschel, Professor David Jones, Dr Bill Sullivan, Dr Wendy Hiscox, Professor Desmond O’Neill, Dr Helen Watt, Dr Aaron Kheriaty, Anthony McCarthy, Dr Philip Howard, Professor John Finnis.
Strawberry Hill was originally a small cottage by the River Thames. Horace Walpole, son of Robert Walpole, rented the cottage in 1717 and subsequently bought it; he then set about enlarging the house and adding to the land. Walpole did not follow the eighteenth-century fashion of classical building, but sought his inspiration in medieval styles. Some of his contemporaries imitated his design, and so this house and the idea it embodied take their place in the history of architecture as Strawberry Hill Gothic.  The site is now owned by St Mary’s University College, a Catholic degree-awarding college, and a centre for bioethics teaching and research.   It is readily accessible from London Heathrow Airport.
Reservations have been made for 170 Conference participants to be accommodated in the College.  Early booking is therefore strongly recommended.  Meals can be provided for non-residential participants. There are a limited number of single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, and also a limited number of standard single rooms (couples and families are invited to book adjacent single rooms).  It may be possible for overseas participants to stay at the College the nights before and after the Conference - please contact the Conference Organiser, Lauren Dykes.
Provisional bookings may be made by telephone (+44  (0)20 72667410), by fax (+44 (0)20 7266 5424), or by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Bookings should be confirmed by sending us the completed booking form (available with pricing information at and full payment.  Provisional bookings can only be held for six weeks.  If payment has not been received within that period, the booking will be automatically cancelled.
The Conference opens at 5.00 pm on Thursday 5 July, and closes with lunch on Saturday 7 July.   Some participants may wish to attend the prior meeting of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, which runs from 1-5 July at the same site (separate booking required – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please let us know if you have reserved accommodation).
There will be a full refund of cancellations notified before 1 June 2007.  There will be no refund on cancellations notified after 1 June 2007, although those needing to make such late cancellations may nominate another person to take up their booking.
Prices  range from £154 including £95 registration fee for non-residential participants to £250-285 for residential participants for the entire Conference.  For further details, see our booking form at, or contact Lauren Dykes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" title="blocked:: email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." rel="nofollow">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Payment can be made by credit card (Mastercard/Visa), debit card (Switch, Delta), by cheque, or by bank transfer. Payments by credit card may be made by telephone (+44 (0)20 72667410) or by filling in the appropriate part of the booking form. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Linacre Centre’ and sent to us with your booking form.  Bank transfers should be sent to CAF Bank, P.O. Box 289, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA, Account No. 00011261, Sort Code 40-52-40 Please use your own name as the reference so that we can identify your payment, and send us your completed booking form (see link above). 
All completed booking forms must be sent to:
Lauren Dykes, The Linacre Centre, 38 Circus Road, London NW8 9SE, United Kingdom.