Centre for Disability Studies

Centre for Disability Studies

MA Disability Studies students celebrate graduation

MA Disability Studies students celebrate graduation


EU Member States reports to the UN CRPD Committee

Updated information is available on EU Member States’ reporting to the UN CRPD Committee. With all but three of the 28 (and the EU) having now ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) there is a rapid increase in the published information about national policy developments. Of the 25 Member States due to submit their initial state reports to the UN, 21 have already done so (this is just one of the 44 different thematic reports available from ANED’s DOTCOM database).

Quick link: http://goo.gl/EZjxlk


Updated information on disability policies in European countries

The ANED DOTCOM database was updated to reflect policy developments reported in 2014. The database contains information about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in 34 EU Member States, Candidate and Associated countries, covering 43 selected policy instruments, organised in eight themes (more than 1,500 records). By selecting combinations of countries and instruments (or themes) you can produce different types of reports, examine records in more detail, and export the results in different formats. Further information concerning EU policies and stronger linkages to the UN OHCHR treaty monitoring database will be introduced during 2015.

Disability and Human Rights, Student-Led Conference

Today’s third student-led Disability and Human Rights Conference has been organised by Thomas Mtonga and Abraham Mateta, two Open Society Disability Rights Fellows studying for an LLM in the University of Leeds Law School. Other students participating in the conference include Open Society Disability Rights Fellows studying in Cardiff and Galway.

Conference on Disability Equality and Human Rights in the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Policing and Prosecuting

Disability Equality and Human Rights in the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Policing and Prosecuting (13 February 2014)

Organised and supported by the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), the School of Law’s Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) and Law & Social Justice Research Group (L&SJ), and Care-Connect. This one-day conference aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange between individuals and organisations working to enhance equality and human rights for disabled people, including those who have, or are diagnosed as having, mental health conditions, in the context of police and prosecution services and systems.

UN Special Rapporteur speaks in Leeds on the right to health

The Right to Health: Global Challenges and Opportunities

6pm on Wednesday 11 February 2015 in the Moot Court Room, Liberty Building

by Professor Dainius Puras, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and mental Health


In this talk, Professor Puras will reflect on the interpretation and history of the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. He will also draw upon the experiences he has gained in the role (commenced in August 2014) and his vision for the future.

Biographical details for Professor Puras are available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Health/Pages/SRBio.aspx

New CDS directors appointed

Professor Anna Lawson (School of Law) was elected as the new Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, for an initial three year term of office, and Dr Angharad Beckett (School of Sociology and Social Policy) as the new Deputy Director.

New academic fellowship in disability law

We’re currently advertising an opportunity for an exceptional post-doctoral researcher to work with us in developing our longer term capacity and leadership for future research projects, with the potential for progression to a permanent academic position as Associate Professor.  This is part of a wider University of Leeds investment in 250 new academic fellowships.

More details about the post and contact details can be found here: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=ESLLW1001

Professor Anna Lawson appointed to the EHRC

Professor Anna Lawson has been appointed as a member of the Disability Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has a statutory mandate to challenge discrimination, and to protect and promote human rights, has appointed seven new members to its Disability Committee, including Anna Lawson, a professor in the School of Law at the University of Leeds.

The Disability Committee is a statutory decision-making committee which plays a key role in the Commission’s governance and it performs crucial work in tackling discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for disabled people. Significant aspects of its work over the next year will be contributing to development of the Commission’s next strategic plan, supporting delivery of “Is Britain Fairer?” – the Commission’s periodic review of Britain’s progress on equality and human rights, and informing the UK’s forthcoming examination under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

Professor Alastair Mullis, Head of the School of Law, University of Leeds said:

“Professor Lawson is one of the leading disability law scholars in the world. Her work in the field has been academically ground-breaking, as well as having significant practical impact on the lives of disabled people. The School of Law is immensely proud of her appointment which further enhances longstanding reputation of the University (through the work of the School of Law and the Centre for Disability Studies) for active engagement in processes of disability policy and law reform in collaboration with disabled people’s organisations.“

Chris Holmes, Disability Commissioner and Chair of the Disability Committee said:

“Fairness, dignity and respect are values we all share, and we are delighted to welcome the new members of the Disability Committee to help the Commission’s important work to improve the lives of disabled people. They are all strong and experienced leaders and bring a wealth of talent. They will support the Commission in developing its strategic vision of a fairer and more inclusive Britain.

Dr Andrea Hollomotz wins research leaders award

Dr Andrea Hollomotz, has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council for her research leadership in disability, sexuality and offending. The prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders award aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry our significant new research. The three-year grant will allow Dr Hollomotz to lead an investigation of the success and evidence base for Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Programs (ASOTPs).

New academic post available

The School of Law wish to recruit a new academic Lecturer in Disability Law from September. The successful applicant will have strong research and teaching profiles, with the capacity to produce research of internationally excellent quality in disability law and/or mental health law. They will also teach in one or more areas of the core LLB curriculum (which includes modules focusing on the development of research skills and theoretical perspectives on law).

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