2016 - The 8th International Disability Summer School, June 20-24
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8th International Summer School on Disability Law


Centre for Disability Law and Policy

National University of Ireland, Galway


Bringing Rights Home


Civil Society Impacting Change

Attendees of the 7th International Summer School



The overall theme for this year’s Summer School will be ‘Civil Society Impacting Change.’  In addition to covering the basics with respect to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the nature of State obligations, methods of treaty interpretation, etc.) we will take a particular look at how civil society around the world can - and is - taking advantage of the new politics of disability opened up by the UN convention, how they can successfully interact with other agents of change like national human rights institutions and how the increasingly authoritarian practice of closing down civic space for NGOs around the world impacts on the disability advocacy sector. 

In the past the Summer School placed a recurring emphasis on ‘Voice & Choice’(legal capacity and the right to live independently).   We will spend some time looking at practical examples of models of law reform from around the world that are now beginning to emerge on these topics.  A full day will also be set aside to examine a contemporary topic of interest around the globe.  This year we will focus on the ‘Right to Liberty’ issue and the kinds of transformative changes that the UN Convention requires in fields such as the criminal justice system and the traditional civil commitment system.



It will be held in the new standard-setting and accessible Institute for Lifecourse & Society. The Institute for Lifecourse & Society is a new, specially designated research institute in applied social science, focused on research that positively impacts people's lives. Importantly, we want to advance people's lives in Ireland and Internationally who face issues with older life, living with disability,  children, youth, and parents who are vulnerable in social and other contexts.


Please email Meredith for further information:  disabilitysummerscho@nuigalway.ie