Summer school on international disability law: Civil Society Impacting Change

Capture_2016_05_18_13_01_30_746The Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland Galway are holding their 8th International Summer School on Disability Law “Civil Society Impacting Change” from 20th-24th June 2016.

The purpose of this five-day International Disability Summer School 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.

The core focus of this year will be on Civil Society and its role in changing laws and policies around people with disabilities. This year will also be the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark piece of legislation in the history of disability rights.

The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers, policy analysts and others.

The faculty includes senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world. Most of the speakers have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention. Others are advocates for change and reform.

This is the eighth International Summer School on disability law and policy offered by the Centre for Disability Law & Policy. In 2015, the summer school attracted over 100 participants from 39 different countries – from Africa, Asia, Latin America and China. We believe it is the biggest such event in the world.

In keeping with the practical orientation of the Summer School there will be a Moot Court competition based on a problem disseminated at the beginning of the Summer School and culminating in a mock court at the end. All participants are expected to be involved at some level.

Prior legal knowledge or experience is not required. The aim is to provide the participants with a forum to sharpen their argumentative strategies based on the CRPD and to identify weaknesses as well as strengths in the different argumentative approaches. Delegates will be mentored throughout the week in crafting their arguments by the international Faculty. The participants will demonstrate what they have learnt in arguing before a mock UN Committee.

For more information or to register click here.

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