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:



  • 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:

Click here for the full agenda.