Conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway will run a conference on the 3rd of May 2013.   The title of the conference will be ‘Community Living for all’ – A Conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities’. It will be ‘an event in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU’ which is appropriate given that a stated priority of Ireland’s EU Presidency will be to finalise agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that will determine the EU budget from 2014-2020 and therefore cohesion funding.  The event is jointly directed by Senator Katherine Zappone, member of the Senate of Ireland and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy directed by Professor Gerard Quinn. 
The conference is open to all interested in the development of positive EU social policy in the fields of ageing and disability. 

The speakers are drawn from a variety of EU-level institutions and others including the European Commission, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions, the United States Federal Administration for Community Living.  European level civil society groups will be represented by the European Disability Forum and Age Platform Europe.  The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (European Region) will also be represented.  The growing role of European philanthropy in achieving community living will be represented by the European Foundation Centre. 

The conference will be opened by the Irish Minister for Older People, People with Disabilities, Mental Health and Equality – Kathleen Lynch, T.D.  More details on the conference and registration is available here.


Conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities

Symposium "Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives"

The LL.M. in Public Law and the LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance at the School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway will run a half day symposium on 8 March 2013 in Galway.  The title of the symposium “Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives”. The speakers include Mr. José Maria Baño  who will give a paper on the “ECJ “The Right to be Forgotten” reference”.  Professor Joshua Fairfield from the Washington and Lee University School of Law who is currently in Europe on a Fulbright scholarship will give a paper entitled “Do-Not-Track as Default: Transaction Costs in U.S. Consumer Privacy”. Mr. Damien McCallig an Irish Research Council Scholar at the School of Law NUI Galway will give a paper on the concept of privacy after death.  Dr. Sharon McLaughlin from Letterkenny Institute of Technology who is a member of the EU Kids Online Network will give a paper entitled “Children & Privacy: Protection v. Participation – A Tangled Web” . Paul Lambert a solicitor with Merrion Solicitors will give a paper that explores privacy in legal practice across of issues including cyberbullying, defamation, and data protection. Dr. Ciara Hackett from the School of Law Queens University Belfast  will deliver a Rapporteur’s Report on the proceedings of the conference.  For more information and to register for the conference please see here.  The conference fee is €50 to attend, there is a discounted rate of €25 for early career practitioners (5 years or less) and free for students or unwaged.

 

Symposium "Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives"

Historic Hearing in US Senate on UN Disability Treaty

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Professor Gerard Quinn Director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at NUI Galway.

A historic hearing took place yesterday (Thursday, July 11th) in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The issue before the Committee was US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  In the US system the Senate must gives its ‘advice and consent’ before the Federal Government can ratify a treaty.  A two thirds majority vote is needed from the full Senate before the Administration can proceed to ratification.  This is an exceedingly high bar but, especially after yesterday, it looks likely to be met.  It is now almost a foregone conclusion that the Committee – chaired by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) – will commend a positive vote to the full Senate.

This really matters not just for the US but also for the rest of the world.  And it would certainly up the ante for Irish ratification.  The traditional bi-partisan approach of the US Congress was splendidly exemplified in opening remarks made to the Committee by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).  The symbolism of their joint appearance spoke volumes about the natural reflex of both parties in favour of the civil rights of persons with disabilities.  Indeed, both of them relayed the support of former President H W Bush as well as former Senator Bob Dole.  This immediately took the issue out of the cauldron of partisan politics and placed it where it should be – as matter of high principle. Continue reading “Historic Hearing in US Senate on UN Disability Treaty”

Historic Hearing in US Senate on UN Disability Treaty

European Parliament Recently Hosted International Seminar on Genetic Discrimination

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Aisling de Paor, a Ph.D candidate in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway, and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) scholar. Aisling is a graduate of NUI Galway (BCL) and University College Cork (LL.M).  Aisling qualified as a solicitor and specialized primarily in employment law.

On 6th March 2012, Marian Harkin MEP and Phil Prendergast MEP hosted a seminar on the topic of Genetic Discrimination. The event was organised by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, in conjunction with the European Disability Forum, and took place in the European Parliament, Brussels. This international seminar, which was chaired by Andre Gubbels (Belgian Ministry), was the first of its kind in the European Parliament and brought together a diverse range of leading experts in the area, with the objective of exploring the case for a European level response to protect the privacy of genetic information and to prevent genetic discrimination. The seminar highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of this area and focused on the interaction between genetic science, technology, ethics and the law, and in particular, how best to address this complex area. The event also looked at the challenges and practical problems that arise when attempting to Continue reading “European Parliament Recently Hosted International Seminar on Genetic Discrimination”

European Parliament Recently Hosted International Seminar on Genetic Discrimination

Amnesty International CDLP Seminar on Legal Capacity

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy (NUI Galway) and Amnesty International (Ireland) held a seminar today on getting legal capacity law right.  The seminar can be viewed here.  The seminar heard from Oliver Lewis from MDAC who spoke about the CRPD in international Best Practice on legal capacity law.  Christine Gordon who spoke about the lessons from British Columbia on supported decision-making.  Professor Gerard Quinn spoke about the challenges in realising supported decision-making.  The seminar was chaired by Colm O’Gorman the Executive Director, Amnesty International (Ireland) and was addressed by Kathleen Lynch the Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People.  One of the really interesting aspects of the seminar was the contribution from the “experts through experience” who spoke of their perspectives on legal capacity when decision-making is called into question.  Mary Farrell spoke about her experience in terms of her son who was made a Ward of Court following a High Court Award of damages for an acquired brain injury.  Paul Alford spoke about his experience of moving from an institutional setting to living independently in the community and making his own decisions about how he lived his life.  Bill Lloyd an advocate for older persons spoke about the deficiencies of Irish law in respecting the decision-making of one of his clients who was diagnosed with dementia.  Jim Walsh shared his experience and perspectives on decision-making and persons seen as having a mental health problem.

Amnesty International CDLP Seminar on Legal Capacity

Report on the Proceedings from the Conference on Genetic Discrimination: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Aisling de Paor, a Ph.D candidate in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway, and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) scholar. Aisling is a graduate of NUI Galway (BCL) and University College Cork (LL.M).  Aisling qualified as a solicitor and specialized primarily in employment law.

On Saturday 19th November 2011, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (in conjunction with the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, USA) hosted a conference entitled ‘Genetic Discrimination – Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response’ at National University of Ireland Galway.  This international conference, which was chaired by Justice John Mac Menamin of the High Court, was the first of its kind in Europe and brought together a diverse range of leading experts in the area, with the objective of exploring the case for a European level response to protect the privacy of genetic information and to prevent genetic discrimination. The conference highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of this area and focused on the interaction between genetic science, technology, ethics and the law, and in particular, how best to regulate this complex area. Continue reading “Report on the Proceedings from the Conference on Genetic Discrimination: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response”

Report on the Proceedings from the Conference on Genetic Discrimination: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response