Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in International and EU Law Workshop Comments

European University InstituteSome of the  DREAMers (Anna, Dimitrios, Emilja, and myself) went to the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in International and EU Law Workshop of the EUI Human Rights Working Group and the Academy of European Law in Florence, Italy last Friday, April 27, 2012. The workshop took place in one of EUI’s villa conference rooms.

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The speakers at this conference were Martin Sheinin, a professor of Public International Law at EUI who was a member of the UN Committee on Human Rights and UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Human Rights While Coutnering Terrorism, Jukka Kumpuvuori, a lawyer and disability rights activist, Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, a diplomat from Mexico who is the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN and other International Organizations, Masa Anisic an EUI researcher, Christian Courtis, a professor and acting head of the Economic and Social Issues Section with the UN Office of the High Commissioner, Theresia Degener, a professor of law and disability studies and a member of the UN CRPD Committee, Delia Ferri, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Verona, Philippe Reyniers, a PhD Researcher in Law at EUI, Claire Kirkpatrick, a professor of International and European Labour and Social Law at EUI, Danai Angeli, a PhD Candidate at EUI, Andrea Dabizzi, a Human Rights Adviser for the Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stefan Trömel, the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the International Disability Alliance, and Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, a PhD Researcher in Law at EUI.

The speakers provided the participants with engaging topics ranging from the history of the UNCRPD,  challenges and level of compliance of the UN CRPD, the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities through the core UN bodies, constitutionalization of discrimination rights in the EU, to the role of DPOs in the rights of persons with disabilities. The speakers were very informative and brought up much fruitful discussion between all of the participants.

Before during and after the workshop, participants were able to mingle and make connections in the beautiful villa conference room, surrounded by gorgeous Florentine gardens.

All-in-all the workshop was a true success and really showed many differing perspectives and ideas about how the UN CRPD can best assist persons with disabilities in accessing human rights.

Thank you EUI for hosting and inviting us!