Launch of Volume 3 of the
European Yearbook of Disability Law
“The Future of European Disability Scholarship as a Tool for European Policy Makers.”
Keynote: Anna Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds
Co-Organized by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, based at the National University of Ireland (Galway), and the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht University.
Hosted by: Mairead McGuinness (MEP) and Marian Harkin (MEP).
Date/Time: Tuesday, 9th April 2013, 12pm-3pm
Venue: European Parliament, Room P5B001, PHS Building, Brussels.
Languages: English and International Sign
The event will be preceded by a light lunch to which participants are invited.
(This event requires pre-registration)
Please fill out the registration form and return to:
Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway
For more information please visit the CDLP website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/events/yearbook_launch.html
The launch of the book is an opportunity to bring together a range of stakeholders in the disability field, such as civil society and industry representatives, academics, human rights activists, policy-makers from European and national institutions and politicians, including Members of the European Parliament, to discuss and map out the future of European legal research and scholarship on disability.
The research colloquium, held in conjunction with the book launch, will provide a unique opportunity to increase the efforts and possibility to network and forge links between disability stakeholders from across the EU. Additionally, the occasion of the book launch is an opportunity to bring together and encourage the exchange of ideas and expertise amongst many disability stakeholders. This event will gather a wide audience from a variety of backgrounds and mandates to establish cross-sectoral links between numerous areas, most notably between, civil society, academia and EU and national institutions.
This research colloquium and the ensuing discussions are a key opportunity to frame disability policies and reform discussion as they continue to emerge. There are a number of key challenges and debates facing Europe in the coming decade, and disability scholarship can play a crucial role in providing accurate information to decision-makers, framing debates, and forming solutions to potential challenges. One example of an area where academic research can contribute to the debate is in the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The EU concluded the Convention in 2010, and most Member States have now ratified, or are close to ratification. Current debates in this area have focused on how a division of responsibilities and competencies can be agreed between the EU and its Member States, and this is another area in which disability scholarship can provide clarity and elucidation.
Prof. Lisa Waddington (European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law, Maastricht University)
Prof. Gerard Quinn (Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Eilionóir Flynn (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway)
The Yearbook can be ordered here.