Disability

TCD Event: Enforcement of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

TCD Event: Enforcement of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

On Friday 09 May 2014, Prof Gerry Whyte is organising a conference on the enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights. This will take place in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. This follows the recent recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to extend constitutional protection for ESC rights. The conference will discuss how(…)

Sexual Offences, Capacity and Disability – A Call for Rights-Based Law Reform

Sexual Offences, Capacity and Disability – A Call for Rights-Based Law Reform

This post is inspired by the excellent RTE 1 documentary ‘Somebody to Love’ which aired last night and provided a sensitive and thought-provoking exploration of disability, relationships and sexuality. If you haven’t already watched the programme you can catch it on the RTE player here. At several points during the programme the participants mentioned the(…)

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Yesterday, the Department of Health published its General Scheme for Advance Directives – a proposed addition to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, to be made at Committee stage. The publication of the scheme is certainly welcome, as is the opportunity for individuals to provide submissions to the Department on the Scheme, which will hopefully inform(…)

Amram on Maternity Leave & Surrogacy: The Impact of EU Law

Amram on Maternity Leave & Surrogacy: The Impact of EU Law

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Dr Denise Amram. Denise is a qualified Italian solicitor and is currently a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. Surrogacy is a sensitive issue, involving ethical, sociological, medical, and legal issues. The growing interest in this form of assisted reproduction(…)

Strengthening the Human Rights of Older Persons: One Step at a Time?

The fourth session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing was held from 12-15 August 2013 in New York, and was characterised by greater participation from civil society organisations of older persons, as well as broader representation from African and Asian countries than in previous sessions. Although many actors within group, particularly the Latin(…)

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 finally published

The long-awaited Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 has been published this morning. Although this reform is a long time in the making, many civil society organisations such as the Centre for Disability Law and Policy and Amnesty Ireland cautiously supported the delay on the basis that the extra time would be used to get the(…)

Taking stock of Ireland’s international human rights reporting obligations

Taking stock of Ireland’s international human rights reporting obligations

Ireland is often lauded for its human rights and development work abroad and has included human rights and accountability as a priority area for action in its new international development policy. When it comes to human rights at home, how is Ireland’s record tracked against its international human rights commitments and to what extent does(…)

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