Title: Access to justice for persons with intellectual disabilities. Implementation of Article 12 and 13 of the UN CRPD
Date: 18 March 2016
Location: Strasbourg, France
Venue: European Court of Human Rights. Allée des Droits de l'Homme, 67000.
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EASPD contact person: To register please send a request to Ms Sabrina Ferraina by 11th March 2016.
**Interpretation English-French-English will be provided during the event***
About 4.5 million people with intellectual disabilities live in the European Union (EU). Many disabled people are restricted in their legal capacity. They have a legal guardian who takes some or all decisions for them. Access to justice for some individuals is also limited due to the lack of accessibility or reasonable accommodation. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) confirms the right to full legal capacity and the right to access to justice in Articles 12 and 13. Persons with intellectual disabilities should be able to make legally-binding decisions for themselves and access the justice system on an equal basis with others.
EASPD is organising a roundtable where we will look at the following:
- The role of the European Court of Human Rights in promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- The policy framework provided by the Council of Europe in advancing the rights of European citizens and in particular of persons with intellectual disabilities
- The role of support service providers in the implementation of Article 12 (Equal recognition before the law) and of Article 13 (Access to justice) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Participation is open to:
- Legal practicioners
- Service providers
- Policy makers
- Disabled people organisations
- Human rights professionals