by Olivia Dunn

Special Interest group

Ethics and Law

What is Ethics and Law?

What do we mean by ‘ethics and law’? To put it simply, ethics provide principled guidance for action, and laws are rules enacted by the state or applied/  recognised by courts. Laws, which may be based on ethical principles, are enforceable rules with penalties for those who do not comply with them. While ethical principles and laws can be stated plainly, applying them to specific instances may not be as straightforward. Novel aspects of new and emerging e-mental health initiatives can raise perplexing ethical and legal dilemmas.

About the Group

We are excited to present a special interest group within eMHIC that explores e-mental health initiatives through the lenses of ethics and law. With that in mind and as the primary aim, we hope to generate discussion and reflection of pressing issues for the field. 

Learn about Ethics and Law


In upcoming newsletters this year, we will be offering ethico-legal think pieces, updates, hypotheticals and commentaries, from ourselves or guest contributors.  Click on the links to read the full articles.

Special Interest Group Reading material

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We are on linkedin

You are welcome to join our Special Interest Group for Ethics and Law on LinkedIn. There you can start or join a discussion on this topic.

To join the Ethics and Law Collaborators group click on the link below and select ‘Request to Join’. The group moderator will promptly accept your request. If you have any questions or are having trouble getting access to the group, send us an email ( and we will provide you with assistance to join.  

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