Equal Citizenship for Persons with Disabilities: Recognizing Legal Capacity

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:30to14:00
Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (room 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

2012-2013 Disability, Human Rights and the Law Seminar Series

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Human Rights Working and the Disability and Law Portfolio at the McGill Faculty of Law, welcome students and community members to participate in the second of four seminars in the series, Disability, Human Rights and the Law 2012-13.

The extent to which governments may limit a person’s right to legal capacity proved a contentious issue in drafting the CRPD. Its translation into daily life impacts access to justice and judicial review, health and housing, financial, property and asset management of persons with disabilities. Amidst ongoing UN discussions on the interpretation and full implementation of article 12, this seminar will discuss legal and non-legal issues, challenges and steps to overcoming lingering barriers.

The seminar will be moderated by Derek J. Jones (member of the Research Group on Health and Law and of the CHRLP).

Anna MacQuarrie (Human Rights Officer at Inclusion International), Michael N. Bergman (lawyer; founder of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill), and Roger Bill (law student; Human Rights Intern at Disability Rights International) will serve as resource persons.

Reading resources:

1) Legal Opinion on Article 12 of the CRPD  

2) Implementing Legal Capacity Under Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The Difficult Road From Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making, by Robert D. Dinerstein 

3) Who Gets to Decide? Right to Legal Capacity for Persons with Intellectual and Psychosocial Disabilities, by the Commissioner for Human Rights

The event follows the format of a teaching seminar and we suggest participants do the required reading (see above) ahead of time. RSVP to chrlp.law [at] mcgill.ca by November 2. Lunch will be provided.

For more information: https://www.mcgill.ca/humanrights/events/disability-seminar-series

This activity was accredited for 2 hours of CLE by the Barreau du Québec (no. 10059202).

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