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

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

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy hosted the biggest Disability Law Summer School in the world from 17-21 June 2019, with a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The  core focus this year was on Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Family Life.

The theme of this year, persons with disabilities and the right to family life, clearly resonated. Throughout the week, we continued to broaden and deepen our understanding of the different meanings of family in all our lives.  Our discussions reminded us that we need to be vigilant in seeking out those who are missing from the table of law reform, and in movements for social change, and to be more radically inclusive and participatory in all of our work.  We were thrilled to have had so much engagement from colleagues working in the UN system as well as in grassroots movements for social change - especially colleagues from the LGBTQI movement - in this year’s summer school, and are excited about the potential to move forward together to build a more inclusive, and socially just, world.
Speakers included:

  • 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