International Disability Law Summer School
11th International Disability Law Summer School 17-21 June 2019
Our 11th International Disability Law Summer School will run between 17-21 June 2019. This year the focus will be on ‘Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Family Life.’
The right to family life of persons with disabilities includes, but is not limited to, the right to form a family, the right to reproductive autonomy, the right to marry and enter civil partnerships, the right to privacy, the right of disabled children not to be separated from their families, the rights of persons with disabilities as parents, the right to information about one’s biological family, the right to choose where and with whom to live on an equal basis with others, and the right to liberty.
The summer school will consider how solidarity can be built across a wide range of social movements to address particular challenges faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights to family life. These will include the experiences of LGBTQI activists, adopted persons, reproductive justice advocates, child rights advocates, migrants and refugees, and ethnic minorities, including members of the traveller and Roma communities.
This year’s summer school will build on our learning from 2018’s summer school on intersectionality, to pay particular attention to the intersections of ableism, sexism, ageism, racism, and other forms of oppression which affect the enjoyment by persons with disabilities of their rights to family life. We will also consider the particular barriers faced by persons with disabilities in various contexts across the global north and global south.
The Summer School seeks 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.
We look forward, as usual, to a world-class Faculty and participants from around the globe including persons with disabilities, civil society groups, advocates for disability law reform, academics, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts. Registration opens in February 2019. More information and draft programme will follow in the coming weeks.
*** REGISTRATION OPENS IN FEBRUARY 2019 ***
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.