Press contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public contact: Walter Gary Sharp (202) 707-9148
March 3, 2005
Law Library of Congress to Host International Disability Workshop on March 30
The Law Library of Congress and the Center for International Rehabilitation will sponsor an International Disability Rights Workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public; a $50 registration fee is required.
Experts in disability law will provide an overview and comparative analysis of international and national initiatives to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The keynote address will be delivered Claudio Grossman, dean and professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), author and chief sponsor of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, will make a videotaped presentation titled "Persons with Disabilities: Reaching Their Full Potential."
The workshop is presented by the Law Library of Congress and the Center for International Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress; the American Association of Law Libraries’ Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section; the American Society of International Law and the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.
The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world with more than 2.4 million items in its collection.
The Center for International Rehabilitation is a worldwide humanitarian network of individuals and organizations that promotes the full potential of people with disabilities through education, innovation and advocacy.
For additional information or to request a registration package, contact Walter Gary Sharp in the Law Library of Congress, (202) 707-9148, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Emmet Regan at CIR, (202) 223-3559, ext. 25, email@example.com.
INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS – WORKSHOP AGENDA
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions
Walter Gary Sharp Sr., Law Library of Congress
William Kennedy Smith, Center for International Rehabilitation
Persons with Disabilities – Reaching Their Full Potential
The Honorable Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator, Iowa; author and chief sponsor of the
1990 Americans with Disabilities Act
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Introduction to Disability Law
Moderator: Janet Lord, director, Summer Institute for Human Rights,
Panelists: Peter David Blanck, Charles M. and Marion Kierscht Professor
of Law & professor of psychology and public health, the University of Iowa
Jeffery T. Rosen, general counsel and director of policy, National Council on Disability
Robert Dinerstein, professor of law, American University, Washington College of Law
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Disability in International Agreements
Moderator: James N. Bond, Law Library of Congress
Panelists: Javier Vasquez, World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation’s Mental Health Programme
Renzo M. Pomi, United Nations representative for Amnesty International
Maria Veronica Reina, president, Center for International Rehabilitation
Katherine Guernsey, Lord, Guernsey Associates & assistant director, Summer Institute for Human Rights, American University
12:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch in the Montpelier Room (Room LM 619)
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Address, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
Keynote Introduction by Kersi B. Shroff, Law Library of Congress
2:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Comparative Foreign Law Analyses by the Law Library of Congress
Moderator: Nicole Atwill, senior foreign law specialist, France
Panelists: Sayuri Umeda, foreign law specialist, Japan
Gustavo Guerra, foreign law specialist, Mexico
Clare Feikert, foreign law specialist, United Kingdom
3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Break
3:20 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Disability Law in Practice
Moderator: Anne Hayes, International Disability Rights Monitor
Panelists: Michael Stein, professor and visiting fellow, Harvard Law School
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, the World Bank
Katherine J. Dorsey, Center for International Rehabilitation
4:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
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