Prof. Wayne Martin - ‘Capacity, Incapacity and Human Rights: A CRPD Perspective’

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Posted on 31 January 2017

Wayne Martin port ‘Capacity, Incapacity and Human Rights: A CRPD Perspective’ - Professor Wayne Martin

2.00pm – 4.00pm, Wednesday 15th February 2017 in Room 0.21, Dorothy Hodgkin Building

On 17 March, 2017, the United Nations will formally initiate its first-ever review of the compliance of the United Kingdom with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The review will open the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle to bring a human rights perspective to the practice of care-provison (health care, social care, psychiatric care, eldercare, etc.). What is the CRPD and what should we expect from the upcoming review? Is UK capacity law in violation of the UK’s international human rights commitments? If so, what needs to change? How are the various devolved legislative bodies of the UK responding to the challenge of CRPD-compliance? This talk will provide an overview of the history of the Convention, a review of the relevant procedures and authorities, and a survey of the (sometimes intense!) controversies that have surrounded this interface among international law, domestic legislation, and the concrete realities of delivering care to persons whose decision-making abilities may be impaired by disabilities.

About the speaker
Prof Wayne Martin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex and Director of the Essex Autonomy Project, an interdisciplinary research and public policy initiative investigating the idea of self-determination (autonomy) in the context of care. He is also Honorary Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the Maudsley (Kings College London). In recent years he has led an interdisciplinary team providing research support to government bodies across the UK concerning the challenge of achieving compliance with the UN-CRPD in capacity/incapacity legislation. Further information is available at the EAP website:

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