27th November 2018


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313



Course materials for this event, which we held in November 2018, can now be obtained from this page.  The handout, which includes the slide shows presented by the speakers, can be downloaded by clicking here. 



This event is to discuss the opportunities for, and challenges of, using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in domestic courts and tribunals. 

The event will be the UK launch of the book “The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts”, edited by Anna Lawson and Lisa Waddington. Oliver Lewis of Doughty Street Chambers has written a chapter in the book about how the CRPD has been used by Council of Europe organs, including the European Court of Human Rights. 

The event will begin at 6pm and end by 8pm, and then there will be refreshments and networking. 

The following will give brief presentations:

  1. Anna Lawson: The use of the CRPD in England and Wales
  2. Oliver Lewis: The use of the CRPD in Strasbourg
  3. Ulele Burnham and Sophy Miles: The potential for using the CRPD domestically

There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation. The event will be chaired by Aswini Weereratne QC. Copies of the book will be available to buy.

The event is organised jointly with the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds, and the university’s Centre for Disability Studies.


Registration - 17:45 
Start - 18:00
Finish - 20:00 

If you wish to attend, please email