Oliver Lewis

Oliver Lewis is a human rights lawyer, NGO leader, advocate and teacher who is currently Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) in Leeds, England.

Since being called to the Bar in 2000, Oliver had worked on human rights and advocacy, with a particular focus on medical issues and mental disabilities. He joined MDAC as Legal Director on its inception in 2002, and since becoming Executive Director in 2006 has overseen an expansion of its activities worldwide. As the Director of MDAC, he has led its development and execution of advocacy strategies to encourage international bodies to ensure governments implement their human rights commitments.

Oliver combines practice with theory through a continued engagement with the academic world. Oliver has an LLB law degree from the LSE, an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College, London, and a MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the Open University Business School. Oliver serves on the editorial board of the European Yearbook on Disability Law, reviews articles for a number of journals and has written several publications.

In addition, Oliver holds a variety of teaching roles, including: Visiting Professor at the Legal Studies Department, Central European University in Budapest; Faculty member of the International Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights, for the Indian Law Society in Pune; and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds, UK. Oliver is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FinstLM) and an Associate Member of Doughty Street Chambers, London.