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EU Disability Law and the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Seminar for legal practitioners, NGOs, equality bodies and academics
  • Organised in the framework of the EaSI Programme (2014-2020)
El derecho de la UE en materia de discapacidad y la convención de las naciones unidas sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad

, 18 April 2016 – 19 April 2016
(simultaneous interpretation)
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Deadline for application: 9 March 2016


The aim of this seminar is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and legal tools to use the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) combined with the relevant EU law in their daily practice.

Key topics

  • The UNCRPD: purpose, general principles (e.g. non-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, accessibility) and rights, formal and substantial relationship with EU law
  • The monitoring role of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the complaints mechanism enshrined in the Optional Protocol
  • Practical in-depth study of key disability rights in their international, European and national context: legal capacity, right to equality & non-discrimination, right to personal mobility, right to access to justice and right to political participation
  • Implementation of the UNCRPD through EU law in fields such as access to services and goods, employment and transport
  • Non-judicial redress mechanisms for violation of disability rights
  • How to use the UNCRPD in European and national litigation.

Who should attend?

Legal practitioners, members of NGOs and equality bodies with a legal background, law academics from an EU Member State and those candidate countries and EEA/EFTA countries which have decided to participate in the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

Travel expenses and Accommodation

Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 360 euros, subject to the submission of the originals of travel receipts. With regard to accommodation, maximum 2 nights’ hotel will be booked and covered directly by ERA.

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Important note
No seminar fee. Participation on selection. Selected participants will receive a significant contribution to their travel and accommodation costs.


Conference Organisers
ERA (Dr. Karine Caunes) with the support of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability (EFC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), and on behalf of the European Commission (contracting authority)   


Dr. Karine Caunes

Barbara Hense


EU Anti-Discrimination Law
Find out more about this series of seminars on Directives 2000/43 and 2000/78



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