IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Disability and employment: new horizons

Tuesday 10 October (1615 - 1730)

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4


Diversity and Equality Law Committee (Lead)


Employers and employees are facing new disability-related challenges. At the time when many global disability laws were enacted, law-makers’ anticipated effects would be to protect and enhance the rights of people with disabilities. However, in the past few years, legal frameworks and practical experiences have shown that issues such as obesity, prescription drugs, substance abuse, temporary disabilities, personality disorders, mental illness, autism and depression have shown themselves in the workplace. Many of these issues were not even contemplated at the time the original laws were enacted. This session will explore the new horizons of rights and obligations and asks: has it gone too far?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Mikael Pelan Lusis Avocats, Paris, France; Membership Officer, Diversity and Equality Law Committee
Inge de Laat Rutgers & Posch, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Secretary, Diversity and Equality Law Committee


Cataldo Palumbo Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci, Milan, Italy
Anne Paredes Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Gerrit Jan Pulles LL.M. Van der Woude de Graaf Advocaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chris Seaton Burges Salmon, Bristol, England