9th International Disability Law Summer School, 19-23 June 2017, National University of Ireland Galway

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 19, 2017 12:00 to Jun 23, 2017 12:00

9th International Disability Summer School

We are delighted to announce that the 9th International Disability Law Summer School in Galway will take place from Monday 19th June to Friday 23rd June 2017. This year’s theme will explore psychosocial disability. 

The Summer School seeks to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. 

We look forward, as usual, to a world-class Faculty and participants from around the globe including persons with disabilities, civil society groups, advocates for disability law reform, academics, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts.

Summer School Conveners: Prof Gábor Gombos & Dr Charles O'Mahony

Registration is now open and the cost is €360.  

No Prior legal training or knowledge is necessary to participate in the Summer School.  

For further information please contact: 

Sharon Hegarty
Centre for Disability Law and Policy
Institute for Lifecourse and Society 
Upper Newcastle Road
National University of Ireland 

Tel: +353 91 494018
SMS/Text: +353 86 008 1153
Email:  disabilitysummerscho@nuigalway.ie

General Information

  • Climate - Ireland has a mild climate with the warmest months being July and August. 
  • Currency - The currency of Ireland is the Euro, which is made up of 100 cents. 
  • Language - There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish, which is the national language, and English which is the language of the majority of the population.
  • No Smoking - Smoking is now forbidden in enclosed places of work. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants. 
  • Time Zone - Ireland is on GMT.
  • Tipping - Most hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10-15% to your bill. A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs. Taxis are tipped 10%.
  • VAT Refunds - Value Added Tax (VAT) is usually included in the price of goods and services in Ireland. Visitors to Ireland from outside the EU can obtain a refund of VAT. 
  • Green Campus - The University is registered with An Taisce’s Green-Campus Programme and has a Green-Campus Committee working on the themes of transport, waste, energy, water and biodiversity. Recent successes include winning the first Intervarsity Bioblitz, opening a secure bike park, implementing a bin-the-bin initiative, achieving ISO50001 and including rain water harvesting systems in new buildings. 


The Centre of Disability Law and Policy has previously hosted eight Summer Schools, beginning in 2005 and the most recent being held in 2016.

In 2012, the Summer School aimed to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, graciously agreed to give an opening address at the Summer School, of which we were particularly honoured.

In 2013, the core focus was on Voice and Choice - connecting reform on legal capacity with reform on the right to community living. The Summer School looked at linking legally capacity (decision making) and independent living. It was a great privilege to have Minister Kathleen Lynch, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence to officially launch the Summer School.

The 2014 Summer School focused on introducing participants to the nature of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to treaty interpretation in general and to the Access to Justice and Political Participation.

The 2015 Summer School focused on the role of the disabiliy rights movement in global development. For development efforts to be successful, they must take into account the rights and roles of people with disabilities, which is why Human Rights and Disability-Inclusive Development is so important.

The 2015 Summer School focused on Civil Society and its role in changing laws and policies around people with disabilities. This year was also the 25th annversity of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark pieice of legislation in the history of disability rights.

In 2017 we again welcome senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world; those who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention and those advocates for change and reform.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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