Disability: Dignity and Inclusion


Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

This half-day conference will bring together students, academics and legal professionals working in the fields of disability, law, and human rights as part of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism’s 2018-2019 Disability and Human Rights Initiative.

It will feature a keynote address by Adam Cureton, two back-to-back student paper roundtable workshops, and closing remarks by David Lepofsky. These roundtables are an opportunity for McGill students and recent graduates to share their scholarship on disability, specifically through the lens of “Disability: Dignity and Inclusion.”

Lunch will be served at 11h30, and the talk will begin at noon. To participate, RSVP to Chrlp.law [at] mcgill.ca.

See the initial call for papers that was circulated in November 2018.

About the speakers

Keynote speaker Adam Cureton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, is president of the Society for Philosophy and Disability, serves on Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Inclusiveness, and has presented a TED Talk encouraging a new approach towards disability. Professor Cureton will be exploring the paradoxical question of whether it may sometimes be unjust for disabled people to use accommodations they are justly owed and whether justice or fairness sometimes require or recommend that people forgo special privileges that are guaranteed by those same moral values.

David Leposky was counsel with the Crown Law Office (Civil) of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (1982-1988), counsel with the Ministry's Constitutional Law & Policy Division (1988-1993), counsel with the Crown Law Office (Criminal) (1993-2015), being eventually promoted to the position of General Counsel, the highest promotion in the Ontario Public Service.  On retiring from the Ontario Public Service, he is now a visiting professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School. He has lectured widely on various aspects of constitutional and administrative law, human rights, disability rights and other topics across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Israel, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium. He is the author of "Open Justice - the Constitutional Right to Attend and Speak About Criminal Proceedings in Canada," as well as numerous articles on constitutional and human rights topics. His publications have been cited with approval in several decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as by trial and appeal courts across Canada.

Support for this event is also provided by the SSHRC Systemic Discrimination grant.

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