Oxford Disability Law and Policy Conference 2018

24th February 2018

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Mansfield College)

The Faculty of Law’s inaugural Oxford Disability Law and Policy Conference will focus on legal issues affecting persons with a disability.

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This exciting two-day conference, organised by Wadham alumna Dr Marie Tidball, will feature leading academics in discrimination and equality law, along with high-profile public figures who champion disability rights and work at the forefront of policy-making in this area.

This event, co-hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, will mark the launch of the newly established Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project. The Conference will showcase the academically excellent work on Disability Law and Policy taking place at the University and the intellectual challenges faced by academics and legal practitioners who work in this field. Confirmed Conference speakers include Professor Anna Lawson, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, and Professor Michael Stein, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Professor Jonathan Herring, University of Oxford.

Conference schedule

Day One will take place Saturday 24 February 2018, 9.30am to 6.30pm, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TF. The Conference will provide an important opportunity to understand the relevance of disability across the taxonomy of the legal system and why scholarship on disability law and policy matters in academia – issues addressed by our Keynote speakers.

Panels on this day will look at applied disability policy on the theme of Finding its place: the UK legal system and The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Personswith Disabilities. Panellists will include academics, disabled people disabled people’s organisations and public policy-makers and will discuss contemporary legal issues for research on disability law and policy. Panels will include: 1. Disability at the Intersections of Multiple Discrimination; 2. Inclusive Housing and living with dignity: adult social care and the need for a freestanding right to independent living; 3: Disability at the Institutional Intersections: Criminal Justice and Health Inequality. The event will conclude with a Plenary Session Moving beyond a ‘Human Catastrophe’: what’s next in implementing the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee?

Day Two will take place on Sunday 25 February 2018, 9.30am to 5.30pm, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TF. It will look at contemporary legal issues in disability law with leading academics from Oxford and around the UK.

Sessions will include: 1. Disability in Our Disciplines: considering disability in property, criminal, and family law; 2. Dignity, Autonomy and Disability: the Ethic of Care and Disability Rights; 3. Theories of Discrimination and Disability: is Disability Law, more than just reasonable adjustments? Day Two will, therefore, provide an important opportunity to understand the relevance of disability across the taxonomy of the legal system and showcase the importance of integrating disability law and Disability Studies in teaching and research in legal and policy scholarship. Perceiving the intersections of a person's identity - gender, race, sexuality, class and age - with their disability is also important in understanding the lived experience of disability and how it should be theorised. The Closing Plenary will be an interactive Curriculum Workshop with attendees on Developing an MSc in Disability Law and Policy, asking how we can expand the teaching on Disability Law in the Curriculum at the University of Oxford.

Lunch and refreshments for all speakers and registered conference attendees will be provided on both days. This charitable event is kindly supported by the Oxford Faculty of Law and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. It is open to students, members of the University, disabled people’s organisations and members of the public but attendees must register on this site.

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