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The right to make decisions: Progressing Legal Capacity for persons with disability 

15 November 2021 – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Remove and Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant 2, B-1040, Brussels

Draft Agenda

09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m. | Testing connections

09.30 a.m. - 09.40 a.m. | Introduction

Pietro Barbieri, President of the EESC Thematic Study Group on Disability rights (TSG DIS)

09.40 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. | Panel 1: Legal capacity: going beyond article 12 of the UNCRPD

Moderator: Marie Zvolská, TSG DIS Member

  • Senada Halilčević, former chair of the European Platform of Self-advocates and Vice-President of Inclusion Europe from Croatia: setting the scene, introduction to article 12 of the UNCRPD
  • Ana Pelaez Narvaez, Vice President of the European Disability Forum, Vice Chair of the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): challenges faced by women with disabilities, eg. Forced sterilisation
  • Jolijn Santegoeds, Representative of the European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP): Testimony on mental healthcare and coercion

Questions & Answers

11.30 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. | Break

11.45 a.m. - 12.55 p.m. | Panel 2: What is next for the EU to progress on legal capacity?

Moderator: Hana Popelková, TSG DIS Member

  • Gerard Quinn, Special UN Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities: setting the scene
  • Representative from Austria : recent changes in the law on legal capacity
  • Ekaterine Skhiladze, Deputy Public Defender of Georgia and Chair of ENNHRI’s Working Group on CRPD.: testimony on work on supported decision making and how can the EU can support work at national level
  • Kristijan Grđan, Vice President, Mental Health Europe: what we want for the future

Questions & Answers

12.55 a.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Pietro Barbieri, President of the Thematic Study Group on Disability rights

Participants can speak FR-EN-IT-DA-ES-PT-CS-LT-PL-SK-RO and listen to FR-EN-IT-PL
Sign language (tbc)


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