30 April 2015

Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland
7th International Disability Law Summer School 2015
22 - 26 June 2015

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 Human Rights and Disability-Inclusive Development. This is an important year for global development, as governments will agree a new vision for development in September at the United Nations. This new vision must be inclusive of and respect the rights of persons with disabilities if future poverty reduction efforts are to succeed.

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.

Moot Court
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.  

Detailed information about the Summer course can be found here.