Looking globally, legislating locally
Looking globally, legislating locally: the Irish legal capacity bill
On Tuesday 3 April 2012 Amnesty International Ireland and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, jointly hosted a seminar exploring how Ireland can learn from other jurisdictions on legislating for legal capacity. This seminar examined practical and technical legislative solutions to ensure that Ireland can comply with its obligations under international human rights law, most specifically Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In addition, 15 civil society organisations have devised a set of Essential Principles that must underpin the new capacity legislation. These principles were launched at the seminar.
See below for the full stream of the conference:
- Lana Kerzner (Canadian lawyer specialising in disability law and policy): The Canadian perspective on legal capacity law and supported-decision making
- Anna Nilsson (European expert on legal capacity): Supported decision-making and the Swedish Personal Ombudsman System
- Genevra Richardson (Professor of Law Kings College London): Reflections on legal capacity law in England and Wales and the interface between legal capacity law and mental health law
The seminar also heard from Irish professionals and experts by experience, including:
- Read more about the seminar held on 30 November 2011, Getting it right: Capacity legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Read Amnesty International's submission on the new capacity legislation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality.