People With Disabilities As Victims Of Crime

Date: Tuesday 02 July 2013

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Judith Farbey QC, Anna Lawson, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds School of Law

CPD: 2

Fee: Free

This seminar is part of a series which examines developments in international law relevant for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as mental health service users in England and Wales.


The series is a collaboration between Doughty Street Chambers and the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC), and will critically examine developments in international law, soft law from the Council of Europe, as well as domestic case-law. The discussion will be litigation-focused and will aim to equip practitioners with ideas and arguments which they can integrate into their cases. Each seminar will also address a range of remedies in relation to the specific subject area.


This third seminar “People With Disabilities As Victims Of Crime” looks at the challenges which people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues have in accessing justice as victims of crime, both in the criminal courts and in the civil courts. It looks at the duties of the State to provide effective protection to such persons from the criminal acts of others under Articles 2, 3, 8 and 14 of the ECHR and the HRA, including the duty to investigate and prosecute such offences and to make adjustments in the trial process to enable effective access for disabled victims in cases such as R (B) v DPP and R (Waxman) v CPS. It will also address positive obligations to ensure rights of access to the courts, including civil courts, to secure effective redress under Articles 6 and 13 of the ECHR, as well as Article 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in the light of reports on hate crimes and access to justice by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and against the backdrop of austerity cuts to civil legal aid and social security, as well as restrictions on the right to litigate on the basis of mental disability.


The Mental Disability Advocacy Centre ( is an international human rights organisation based in Budapest which advances the rights of children and adults with psycho-social disabilities (mental health issues) and intellectual disabilities (learning disabilities). MDAC carries out strategic litigation before domestic courts, the ECHR and other international courts. It also carries out advocacy at domestic and international levels to hold governments to account, conducts human rights monitoring, and capacity-building.


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To reserve your place please RSVP to or contact Jennifer Noone on 020 7404 1313.


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