International conference „Equality before the law and supported decision – making“
7. jula 2016.
Within PERSON project, Mental Disability Rights Initiative MDRI-S , in partnership with Disability Rights International Rights International and support of Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), organized international conference „Equality before the law and supported decision – making“ that was held on 29-30 June 2016 in Belgrade.
The conference was focused on legal capacity and possible alternatives to guardianship with particular focus on persons with intellectual, cognitive and psycho – social disabilities.
First day of the conference dealt with the prospects and challenges of legislative changes and reforming guardianship system to comply with the international obligations coming from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The second day of the conference dealt with possible alternatives to guardianship and supported decision – making, and presenting examples from other countries.
The conference gathered policy – makers, representatives of judiciary, centers for social work, legal professionals, academics, independent institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations, and other relevant stakeholders who should initiate and implement reforms. International practices and experiences in changing the legislation and developing supported decision – making models was presented by the experts from Ireland, Bulgaria and Australia.
Presentations from the conference are available, you can download them: