Tuesday, June 17, 2014
John Marshall Law School in Chicago has released the schedule for its International Elder Law and Policy Conference for July 10 and 11. John Marshall is partnering with Roosevelt University in Chiacgo and East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai in hosting the event, with plans for a second conference in 2015 in China. As the conference "parallels the current discussions of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing," the plan is for conference participants to "draft a model international Declaration of Rights for Older Persons."
Looks to be quite the happening! Speakers include scholars, practicing lawyers and judges from Ireland, Israel, Australia, Italy, Macedonia, Belgium, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and, of course, China and the U.S.
There are three keynote addresses planned, by Gerard Quinn, Professor and Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland in Galway; Israel Doron, Professor of Law and Social Work at University of Haifa in Israel; and Ellionoir Flynn, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre at National University of Ireland in Galway.
Over the course of the two days there are five separate panels, touching on topics such as (1) dignity, equality and anti-ageism; (2) health care, caregiving and legal decision-making; (3) social security, pensions and economic rights; (4) capacity protection and prevention of abuse; and (5) advocacy, representation and access to justice. I'm going to be returning from a roundtable on social care policies and laws in Northern Ireland just in time for the Chicago conference and I'm looking forward to co-moderating the second session of panelists with Becky Morgan.