Apr 11, 2014
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    5th Floor Conference Room, Wilf Hall, 139 MacDougal Street

RSVP and valid ID are required for this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at watnea@exchange.law.nyu.edu by April 4th to be guaranteed admission. Lunch will be served.

About the Event:

Please join CHRGJ as it welcomes Professor Gerard Quinn in a public talk about the recent UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities—a convention that contains several innovations in the human rights field of relevance across all conventions. This talk will range over some of those innovations including its theory of personhood; its attempt at inter-sectionality (multiple discrimination); its co-mingling of civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights; and the novel obligations to create a domestic process of enforcement. This convention has received near universal ratification in a very short space of time and US ratification is being strongly urged by the US International Council on Disability (USICD).

About our Speaker:

Gerard Quinn sits on the scientific board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.  He is a former First Vice-President of the European Committee on Social Rights (a Council of Europe treaty body) and served two terms on the Irish Human Rights Commission   A professor of law at the National University of Ireland (Galway) where he directs a Centre on Disability Law & Policy, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  He led a delegation during the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and directs several research projects in Europe on the convention.   He directs a pan-EU PhD network focused on the implementation of the convention.  He sits on several advisory boards such as the OSI Human Rights Initiative and co-chairs the Human Rights Watch board on disability & human rights.

In addition to Professor Quinn, Tirza Leibowitz (Open Society Foundation, Legal Adviser on Disability Rights) and Shantha Rau (Human Rights Watch, Director, Disability Rights Program) will be on hand to provide additional perspective and add to the discussion.




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