CRPD and Turkish Disability Law: Rights of the Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

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Date: December 10-11, 2015
Time: 9.00-15.00
Place: santralistanbul Campus, ÇSM-404

The symposium is organized by İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law, Human Rights Law Research Centre in cooperation with Harvard University Law School and Tomurcuk Education Culture and Solidarity Foundation.

The symposium is open to all interested people. Simultaneous translation will be available.


December 10, 2015 

09.00-10.00      Opening Speeches 
Ms. Cansu Korkmaz (Attorney-at-Law, İstanbul Bar Association) 
Prof.  Dr.  Michael Stein (Harvard University Law School Project on Disability)
Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı (İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law) 

10.30-12.00     1st Session: Legal Capacity, Equality Before The Law, Political Inclusion 
Moderator:  Ms. Cansu Korkmaz (Attorney-at-Law, Istanbul Bar Association)  
Asst. Prof. Dr.   İdil Işıl Gül (İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law)   
Matthew Smith, JD. (Centro Internacional de Derechos Fundamentales)
Eilionoir Flynn, (NUI Galway University Faculty of Law) *

13.00-15.00     2nd  Session: Prevention from Discrimination, Women and Children with Disabilities 
Moderator:  Asst. Prof. Dr.  İdil Işıl Gül (İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law) 
Prof. Dr. Michael Stein  (Harvard University Law School Project on Disability)
Kjersti Skarsgard (University of Oslo, Department of Political Science)  
Prof. Michael Waterstone (Lyola Law School, Los Angeles)    
Prof. Julie Waterstone (Southwestern University Law School) 

December 11, 2015 

09.00-12.00     1st Session: Right to Education 
Moderator:  Ms. Işık Tüzün (Initiative on Educational Reform) 
Ms. Işıl Bağatur (Attorney-at-Law, İstanbul Bar Association) 
Ms. İdil Seda Ak (Women with Disabilities Association)

13.00-15.00     2nd Session: Independent Living, Habilitation and Rehabilitation 
Moderator:  Ms. Cansu Korkmaz (Attorney-at-Law, İstanbul Bar Association)   
Mr. Ekin Soysal (Lawyer, İstanbul Bar Association) 
Mr. Selçuk Karacık (Tomurcuk Education Culture and Solidarity Foundation)

Self Advocates from NGOs:
Mr. Robert Cem Osborn (Down Syndrome Association / Down Turkey) 
Ms. Gözde Güven (Tomurcuk Education Culture and Solidarity Foundation) 
Ms. Cansel Yılmaz (Tomurcuk Education Culture and Solidarity Foundation)