IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Access to justice for persons with disabilities: an international review

Wednesday 11 October (1115 - 1230)

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2


Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee (Lead)
Diversity and Equality Law Committee
Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee


This session will detail the manifold legal and other issues concerning access to justice for those with disabilities around the world. Presenters will highlight the role of substantive law-making in eliminating discrimination, the impediments to the use of legal systems across jurisdictions by people with disabilties and the role of legal aid organisations in protecting their rights. Research undertaken on behalf of the committee will be presented to the session, and an opportunity for delegates to discuss the results will follow. The session will be of interest to those acting for people with disabilities, as well as those whose clients may find themselves in breach of laws designed to promote the interests of, and eliminate discrimination against, them. This will be a thought-provoking and timely session given the responsibility of the profession and its clients at law for the most vulnerable group in any jurisdiction.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Mark Woods Law Council of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Co-Chair, Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee


Precious-Rhoda Edwei Akpabey Sam Okudzeto & Associates, Accra, Ghana
Celia Michaelson Joseph Solenis LLC, Other City, Delaware, USA; Vice Chair, Disability Rights Working Group
Andrew Mackenzie Scottish Arbitration Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland; Co-Vice Chair , Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee
Leonardo Melos Bergstein Abogados, Montevideo, Uruguay