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Bioethics Seminar: Do all legal rules that rely on the concept of mental incapacity deny people with disabilities ‘equal recognition before the law’?

In 2014, The United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published an official General Comment on the UNCRPD. This says that all legal rules that rely on the concept of mental incapacity deny people with disabilities ‘equal recognition before the law’, and are discriminatory. To avoid this breach of human rights, said the Committee, all legal regimes that involve the appointment of substitute decision-makers – to act for people said to lack capacity – must be abolished. In this paper, I will contest these unhelpful claims. 
Presenter: John Dawson

Date Monday, 12 October 2015
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
CampusDunedin
Department11
Location Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz. Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
CostFree
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120
Contact Emailbioethics@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/bioethics/index.html

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