by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Chair: Nicholas Bowen QC, Doughty Street Chambers
Speakers: Professor Peter Bartlett, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham
Ms Camilla Parker, Partner, Just Equality
Ms Aleema Shivji, Director, Handicap International UK
The 3rd December 2012 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In celebration of this, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law is hosting an event on 4th December that examines the scope of application of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The CRPD entered into force on 3rd May 2008. It is a remarkable international instrument that has received strong international, political support. The purpose of the CRPD is to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity” (Article 1, CRPD).
The CRPD recognises the diversity of persons with disabilities and seeks to ensure their human rights in a wide range of challenging situations. Consequently, the CRPD has incredible breadth in its scope of application, making it a vital tool for ensuring the human rights of persons with disabilities at all times. Three important facets of the application of the CRPD will be addressed by this event:
• Its application to persons with mental disabilities;
• Its application to children with disabilities and its relationship with the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and
• Its application in emergency situations.