The UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities: the presumption of capacity and other implementation dilemmas
You are invited to an event co-hosted by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Liberty Victoria and Deakin University.
A roundtable with Professor Gerard Quinn National University of Ireland
Professor Gerard Quinn holds research chairs at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (University
of Lund, Sweden) and at Leeds University (UK), and an honorary adjunct chair at Wuhan
University (China). A graduate of Harvard Law School, the King's Inns (Dublin) and the
National University of Ireland, he formerly held a chair in law at the National University of
Ireland where he founded and directed its Centre on Disability Law & Policy.
He was the lead ‘focal point’ for the global network of National Human Rights Institutions
(NHRIs) during the negotiation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
and was head of delegation for Rehabilitation International during the UN Working Group
(2004) which laid the basis for the text of the disability treaty.
Gerard has received three lifetime awards from Rehabilitation International (RI), the US
International Council on Disability (US ICD) and the European Association of Service
Providers (EASPD). He has led major research for the Office of the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights as well as for the European Commission. Gerard has held visiting
professorships at Harvard Law School, Haifa University (Israel), the University of New South
Wales (UNSW, Australia) and the National Academy for Legal Studies and Research
(NALSAR) in India. He was made a Government of India fellow in 2015.
His current research interests include inter-sectionality and theories of personhood and social