NUI Galway CDLP Upcoming Events

November 9, 2011


12th November 2011: “Employment Law and Mental Health” (

The School of Law in association with Employment Law Association of Ireland will be hosting the inaugural day-long conference for the new LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy, entitled “Employment Law and Mental Health”, on Saturday the 12th of November commencing at 10am.  The conference is being organised by the School of Law’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, as well as the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education programme in conjunction with the Employment Law Association of Ireland. The aim of the conference is to address the issue of Employment Law and Mental Health in Ireland.  The conference will address the topic from a legal and medical perspective.  The conference will be chaired by Dr. Mary Keys of the School of Law NUI Galway; who is the public representative on the Mental Health Commission. The conference will bring together nationally renowned experts in their respective fields, including: Marguerite Bolger Senior Counsel, and Dr. Ann Jeffers Consultant psychiatrist amongst others.  It will be held in MY243 Theatre, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway. For online registration see: For further information, including the conference programme, registration and a list of speakers, see


19th November 2011: Genetic Discrimination - Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response (

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy is co-hosting (in conjunction with the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, USA) a one-day conference entitled 'Genetic Discrimination - Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response', which may be of interest to you and your colleagues.  The conference is taking place at the National University of Ireland, Galway on Saturday, 19th November 2011. The purpose of this conference is to examine the case for a European level legal and policy response to protect the privacy of genetic information and to prevent genetic discrimination, particularly in the employment and insurance contexts. This conference will recount recent scientific advances that make genetic testing more and more accurate and more sophisticated (and which offers the prospect of being able to detect the onset of future disabilities).  It looks at the ethical debate on how to balance competing rights and interests (the right to privacy of the individual and the 'need to know' of business and other interests). It examines the balance struck in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (2008) in the US. Keeping in mind the technological advances (and its future orientation) the ethical context and the balance struck in the US legislation, it will examine the options for a European legal response possibly in the shape of a new non-discrimination (genetic information) Directive (or an amendment to existing Directives) and whether a sufficient case exists for such a response. For further information please see the Centre for Disability Law and Policy event page at To register for this event please visit

2nd December 2011: ‘Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities’
The Centre for Disability Law and Policy are co-hosting, in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University of Ulster, an event celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 2nd of December 2011. The event will be held at 2pm at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. Anna Lawson will giving a keynote speech on “The Ivory Tower and the Real World:
Academia and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.  Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh and Eithne Fitzgerald will be giving their responses at the discussion chaired by Martin Naughton. Professor Gerard Quinn will then be concluding the event with a proposal for a Disability Studies Association of Ireland. Registration is free but RSVP to Marie O’Connor at Ph.: 01-7168333 and Email:

10th December 2011: Whoop it up for Liberty! (

The Human Rights in Ireland blog is organising a performance in Druid Theatre in Galway on 10 December to celebrate International Human Rights Day. The event is called Whoop it up for Liberty! and will feature first person narratives which highlight the experiences of workers, women, people with disabilities, travellers, language rights activists, asylum seekers, children, prisoners and others as they relate to human rights in Ireland – from historical perspectives right through to the present day. Three regular contributors to the blog: Deirdre Duffy (University of Nottingham), Charles O’ Mahony and Eilionóir Flynn (both at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway) are organising the event, in collaboration with Thomas Conway, literary manager at Druid Theatre, who will direct the performance. The event is listed on Fund It and they are looking for support to cover the costs of the performance. Donations received will go towards the cost of hiring the venue and rehearsal space, lighting and sound, recording the performance, providing catering for the cast and crew after the performance, producing programme notes for the event, and making the performance accessible to all.

This will be the first time an event of this kind has been performed in Ireland, using first-person narratives to explore historical and present-day experiences of human rights across a broad range of issues: identity, belonging, democracy, politics, solidarity, and exclusion.


20th-21st April 2012: Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe – CALL FOR PAPERS 

Please see a call for papers for this international conference to be held next year by NUI Galway’s Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, and the School of Law. Deadline for papers extended. Contact Dr Padraic Kenna: