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ERA seminar on EU Disability Law and the UN CRPD

On 18 and 19 April 2016, the Academy of European Law (ERA) organises a seminar on EU Disability Law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The seminar takes place at ERA conference centre in Trier, Germany, and is addressed to legal practitioners, NGOs, equality bodies and academics. The deadline for applications is the 9 March 2016.


The aim of this seminar is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and legal tools to use the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) combined with the relevant EU law in their daily practice.


Key topics:

  • The UNCRPD: purpose, general principles (e.g. non-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, accessibility) and rights, formal and substantial relationship with EU law
  • The monitoring role of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the complaints mechanism enshrined in the Optional Protocol
  • Practical in-depth study of key disability rights in their international, European and national context: legal capacity, right to equality & non-discrimination, right to personal mobility, right to access to justice and right to political participation
  • Implementation of the UNCRPD through EU law in fields such as access to services and goods, employment and transport
  • Non-judicial redress mechanisms for violation of disability rights
  • How to use the UNCRPD in European and national litigation.

Travel expenses and Accommodation
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 360 euros, subject to the submission of the originals of travel receipts. With regard to accommodation, maximum 2 nights’ hotel will be booked and covered directly by ERA.

This seminar is organised in the framework of the EaSI Programme (2014-2020) of the European Commission and has received the support of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability (EFC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).