11th International Disability Law Summer School 17-21 June 2019

‌‌Summer School 2018

** Registration is Now Open **

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the biggest Disability Law Summer School in the world, with a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The  core focus this year will be Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Family Life.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Alberto Vasquez, Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
  • Silvia Quan, International Disability Alliance
  • Freyja Haraldsdottir, Disability Activist
  • Carlos Rios, Espinosa Human Rights Watch
  • Velina Todorova, Member UN Committee on Rights of the Child

 The Summer School will take place at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) at the National University of Ireland Galway.  

Fees:
Early Bird offer (Up to 21 March): €420
Student/Unwaged: €380

Standard rate (22 March to 17 June): €475
Student/Unwaged: €420
 
The purpose of the 4.5 day school Co-Directed by Prof.  Eilionóir Flynn and Dr Catriona Moloney, is 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.  

Last year, the school attracted around 220 participants from over 50 different countries – from all over Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America.  
 
Participant accessibility (physical or communicational) requests are welcomed.
 
***  Draft programme available soon ***

International Disability Law Summer School

The Centre of Disability Law and Policy has previously hosted ten Summer Schools, beginning in 2005 and the most recent being held in 2018.

In 2018, the core focus was on Intersectionality in the areas of women, older persons and children with disabilities.

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