4th International Disability Summer School, June 18-23, 2012


                                                                                             Harvard Disability Project


Draft Programme


9.00 - 11.00am            Welcome:

Professor Willie Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway

Introduction to the Programme

·         Introduction to the Convention

·         Its Place/Interaction among other HR treaties


Professor Gerard Quinn, Director, CDLP


                                    The Treaty as a Statement of      

                                    Transformative Values                                                     

                                    Professor Jerome Bickenbach, Swiss Paraplegic

                                    Institute & University of Lucerne, Switzerland


11.00 - 11.15am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.15 - 12.00am          People Power: ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’                  

                                    How civil society crafted the convention and its future role in implementation/monitoring (Articles 4.3 & 33.3)

Steven Estey, Canada, DPI Delegation to UN Ad Hoc Committee


12.00 - 12.30pm         Keynote Opening Address by the President of Ireland                                                     Michael D. Higgins


12.30 - 2.00pm           Lunch


2.00 - 3.00pm             The Treaty as a Legal Instrument – How to  Use

                                    it Interpretative Tools & Policing Reservations

Professor Dennis Driscoll (CDLP), former Legal Advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs (Dublin)


Distribution & Introduction to Moot Court Problem





Tuesday 19th June – Foundational Elements & Core Rights


9.15 - 11.00am            What Obligations to Reform do States have under the 

                                     Convention? General Obligations of States to Reform

Janet Lord,  Harvard Law School Project on Disability; BlueLaw International; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law


11.00 - 11.20am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.20 - 1.00am            Slippery Obligations - What is ‘Progressive                       

Achievement’ for Social Rights– how do we know when            

States have made sufficient progress: Inclusive Education as a case study. (Article 4.2 and Article 24)

Professor Rosemary Kayess, University of New South Wales (Sydney)


1.00 - 2.00pm             Lunch


2.00 - 3.45pm             Key Rights – Personhood - The Right to Make Your own Decisions & have them Respected by others (Article 12 & Legal Capacity)

Michael Bach, Inclusion International & Canada Association for Community Living, Toronto


3.45 – 4.00pm             Tea & Coffee Break


4.00 - 5.30pm             Key Rights – Personhood – Models of Supports to enable

                                   people exercise their legal capacity

Michael Bach, Inclusion International & Canada Association for Community Living, Toronto


David Stanton, T.D., Chair of the Joint Oireachtas (Irish Parliment) Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.   



Wednesday 20th June – Core Rights



9.15 - 11.00am            Getting your Own Life: The Right to Live Independently

                                     and be Included in the Community (Article 19)

Camilla Parker, Just Equality, author of "Forgotten Europeans – Forgotten Rights: The Human Rights of Persons Placed in Institutions" (United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Europe Regional Office, 2011) and (with Luke Clements) "The European Union and the Right to Community Living: Structural Funds and the European Union's Obligations
under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" (Open Society Foundations, 2012)


11.00 - 11.20am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.20 - 1.00pm           Making your Voice Heard: Influencing Public Policy –

                                    The right to Political Participation

Janet Lord, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; BlueLaw International; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law & with Steven Estey, Canada, DPI Delegation to UN Ad Hoc Committee


1.00 - 2.00pm             Lunch


2.00 - 3.30pm             Protecting People against Violence, Exploitation and Abuse  & the Criminal Process (Article 13)

Eric Rosenthal, Disability Rights International, Washington DC


3.45 – 4.00pm             Tea & Coffee Break


4.00 – 5.30pm             Disability Interacting with other Identities: Multiple

                                    Discrimination, Intersectionability, Disability, Children, 

                                    Women and Age

Professor Theresia Degener, Member of the   

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Evening                       Social Event (TBC)




Thursday 21st June – Impacting the processes of Change: Getting the Most from the Convention


9.15 - 11.00am            Primary International Process:  The Disability

                                    Monitoring Process- Interacting effectively with the CRPD

                                    processes (Articles 34-39)

Andrea Coomber, Interights, London


11.00 - 11.20am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.20 - 1.00pm           Secondary International Process: Interacting with other Treaty Mechanisms. The impact of the CRPD on other UN human rights treatises & mechanisms – how to use those mechanisms

Andrea Coomber, Interights, London


1.00 - 2.00pm             Lunch


2.00 - 3.45pm             The Domestic Process: Interacting effectively with           New Domestic Processes for Change: (Article 33). New national ‘focal point’; new national ‘coordinating mechanism’; new national ‘framework for monitoring’

Gauthier De Beco, University of Louvain, Belgium


3.45 – 4.00pm             Tea & Coffee Break



4.00 – 5.30 pm            Kick starting the Process of Change: Leveraging Development Aid to Enhance the Process of change. International Cooperation – Towards inclusive development aid (Article 32)

Professor Nora Groce, Cheshire Chair on Disability, University College London, UK


Friday 22nd June – Tools to make Arguments from the Convention


9.15 – 11.00am           CRPD and World – Connecting Regional Strategies to the

                                    achievement of the CRPD: Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas

Dr. Eiliónoír Flynn, Senior Researcher, CDLP, Galway


11.00 - 11.20am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.20  - 1.00pm          Measuring Success:  Towards Human Indicators on the

                                    CRPD. (Article 31)

Professor Jerome Bickenbach, University of Lucerne, Switzerland


1.00 -2 .00pm             Lunch


2.00 - 3.30pm             Team Preparation for Moot Court with Faculty Members


3.45- 4.00pm              Coffee


4.00 - 5.00pm             Team Rehearsals: Arguments for Moot Court


Saturday 23rd June – Moot Court Day


9.15 - 11.00am            Moot Court Competition – oral arguments of the Teams

                                     before Faculty

                                    Chair of Mock UN Committee: Martin Naughton,

                                    co-chair European Network for Independent Living


11.00 - 11.30am          Tea & Coffee Break


11.30 - 12.00pm         Moot Court Judgment

Presentation of Certificates for attendance at Summer School to participants by Martin Naughton

Certificate for best Moot team

Certificate for best overall advocate


Close of Summer School