25 Oct 13:00

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts

This conference will present a co-ordinated series of accounts of how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is being used and interpreted in domestic courts in a variety of jurisdictions. The conference will draw on the emerging field of comparative international law and will provide a critical analysis of the factors which underpin the extent and nature of the use of the CRPD by domestic courts. The conference will present some of the key findings of the book: Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts, OUP, 2018. In addition, it will be an opportunity to engage in deeper analysis and discussion with legal practitioners (lawyers, judges and members of equality authorities which have a quasi-judicial role) regarding the way in which the CRPD is being used by courts and tribunals.

Programme

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Day 1: 25 October

  • 13.00 Opening by Professor Jan Smits, Dean of the Faculty of Law
  • 13.10 Short video presentation by Prof. Dr. Theresia Degener, Visiting Professor Maastricht University, Professor, Protestant University for Applied Sciences of the Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, and Chair of the CRPD Committee
  • 13.20 Professor Jenny Goldschmidt, Utrecht University: The Importance of the CRPD and the use of the CRPD by National Courts and Quasi-Judicial Bodies
  • 13.40 Professor Anna Lawson, Leeds University: Comparative International Law and the CRPD
  • 14.10: Professor Lisa Waddington, Maastricht University: The Use of Art. 5 CRPD (Equality and Non-Discrimination) by Courts: Comparative Findings
  • 14.40  Coffee break
  • 15.00 Litigators, Advocates and Adjudication – The Use of the CRPD in Domestic Courts
    Chair: Professor Jenny Goldschmidt
    Speakers:
    Professor Oliver Lewis, Leeds University, barrister: The Importance of amicus briefs
    Oliver Tolmein, Lawyer specialised in disability rights litigation, (Kanzlei Menschen und Rechte): Litigating and use of the CRPD
    Valentin Aichele, German Human Rights Institute: The role of Equality / Human Rights Bodies
    Professor Marc de Werd, Judge at Amsterdam Court of Appeal and Maastricht University: A Judicial Perpective on the use of the CRPD by Courts

Day 2: 26 October

  • 9.00 – 12.00: Round-table discussion by chapter authors on findings of jurisdiction-specific research
    Chair: Professor Anna Lawson, Leeds University
    Valentin Aichele, German Human Rights Institute, Chapter author Germany
    Dr. Sheyra Atrey, Bristol University, (tbc) Chapter author India
    Ekaterina Evdokimova, Erasmus University, Chapter co-author Russia
    Dr. Delia Ferri, Maynooth University, Ireland, Chapter author Italy
  • 12:00: Lunch for all participants
  • 13.30: The use of the CRPD by regional courts and implications at the domestic level
    Chair: Professor Oliver Lewis (tbc)
    Professor Lisa Waddington, Maastricht University: Use of the CRPD by the Court of Justice of the European Union
    Professor Anna Lawson, Leeds University: Impact of the CRPD in UK Courts through the Prism of EU law and the ECHR
    Dr. Andrea Broderick, Maastricht University: Indirect Influence of CRPD through the ECHR and EU law
  • 15.30: Coffee break
  • 16.00: Key note Speaker, Professor Christopher McCrudden, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Michigan Law School: A Comparison of the use by Domestic Courts of the CRPD and CEDAW

Venue

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
Address: Bouillonstraat 1-3, Maastricht

Conference fee

no fee will be requested

Registration will be available soon