Welcome to the Centre for Disability Law and Policy

The CDLP is engaged in many international and European research networks including the Marie Curie Initial Training Network DREAM and it partners with a range of national research bodies on disability in Ireland. Within the University it collaborates actively with the Centre for Child and Family Support and the Centre for Social Gerontology in order to advance a coherent lifecycle approaches to policy development in the new Lifecourse Institute.

We place our research at the disposal of the disability community in Ireland and abroad and we warmly welcome feedback and suggestions.

Education

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy specialises in international & comparative disability law and public policy.  It has a particular interest in the activities of the United Nations & disability, the European Union & disability, the Council of Europe & disability.  It also has a special interest in certain themes including development aid & disability, eAccessibility, independent living & de-instutionalisation, non-discrimination law & disability, Irish disability law reform.

We offer a PhD in Disability Law & Policy and  an LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy, both with full-time or part-time modes.

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International Disability Law Summer School

The Centre of Disability Law and Policy has previously hosted nine Summer Schools, beginning in 2005. The 10th  International Disability Law Summer School will run in Summer 2018.

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Research

The formation of the CDLP coincides with one of the most intensive periods of disability law reform in Ireland as well as internationally. The adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 should help accelerate this worldwide trend and give it further direction. The disability action plans of both the European Union and the Council of Europe help frame the policy choices facing Ireland and other European Member States. And the Irish Governments’ National Disability Strategy of 2005 provides a clear strategic direction and an unprecedented opportunity for rational developments in the field. The main challenge ahead is implementation and the Centre will produce research that contributes to that process.  

We place our research at the disposal of the disability community in Ireland and abroad and we warmly welcome feedback and suggestions.

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