Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and spirituality. Learn more at horizonsnyc.org.
Charlotte Walsh, LLB, MPhil
Lecturer, School of Law, University of Leicester and member of the ICEERS Expert Committee for the Regularization of Psychoactives
“Psychedelic Drug Policy Activism: Why Cognitive Liberty Matters”
This talk will take a look at the crucial importance of – and challenges involved with – rooting psychedelic drug policy activism in the principle of cognitive liberty.
Biography: Charlotte Walsh (LLB; MPhil) is Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester School of Law, England, where she runs an undergraduate course on Criminology, largely concerned with drug policy. Her main research focus is on the interface between psychedelics and the law, viewed from a liberal, human rights-based perspective, and she has published widely on this subject: she believes that drug prohibition conflicts with our fundamental right to cognitive liberty. Charlotte has been involved with advising people who are being prosecuted for activities involving plant psychedelics. She is a member of the ICEERS Expert Committee for the Regularization of Psychoactives, a group concerned with co-ordinating a common defence strategy in ayahuasca cases and with the development of a global strategy of normalisation for ayahuasca.