10th International Disability Law Summer School 18-22 June 2018

‌‌Pictured are participants at the 9th International Disability Law Summer School in June 2017

Our  10th International Disability Law Summer School. It will run from the 18 -22 June 2018 and the core focus this year will be on Intersectionality in the areas of women, older persons and children with disabilities.

*** Final Programme now available: DSS Draft Programme 2018 DSS Programme 2018 ***

* Draft programme (Version compatible with screen readers: DSS Draft Progamme (text only) *

* New! Poster Presentation Opportunity at the 10th International Disability Law Summer School - Tuesday June 19th 2018 *

Keynote Speaker for 2018: Prof. Theresia Degener, Chair of UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Confirmed Speakers Include - María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Prof. Rosemary Kayess, Assoc. Prof. Velina Todorova, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Last year, the school attracted around 230 participants from over 50 different countries – from all over Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America. We believe it is the biggest such event in the world. No prior legal training or knowledge is necessary to participate in the Summer School. Participant accessibility (physical or communicational) requests and enquiries are welcomed.

Late registration: http://conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=550

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: Summer School FAQs

Rates for 2018 are:

Early bird offer: 1st February – 16th March 2018
Fee: €400
Student/Unwaged: €360
Standard rate 17th March 2018 – 18th June 2018
Fee: €450
Student/Unwaged: €400

International Disability Law Summer School

The Centre of Disability Law and Policy has previously hosted nine Summer Schools, beginning in 2005 and the most recent being held in 2017.

In 2017 we  welcomed senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world; those who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention and those advocates for change and reform.

The 2016 Summer School focused on Civil Society and its role in changing laws and policies around people with disabilities. This year was also the 25th annversity of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark pieice of legislation in the history of disability rights.

The 2015 Summer School focused on the role of the disabiliy rights movement in global development. For development efforts to be successful, they must take into account the rights and roles of people with disabilities, which is why Human Rights and Disability-Inclusive Development is so important.

The 2014 Summer School focused on introducing participants to the nature of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to treaty interpretation in general and to the Access to Justice and Political Participation.

In 2013, the core focus was on Voice and Choice - connecting reform on legal capacity with reform on the right to community living. The Summer School looked at linking legally capacity (decision making) and independent living. It was a great privilege to have Minister Kathleen Lynch, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence to officially launch the Summer School.

In 2012, the Summer School aimed to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, graciously agreed to give an opening address at the Summer School, of which we were particularly honoured.

Summer School 2017