The Case for a Treaty on the Rights of Older People
This talk will reflect on the argumentative strategies used to advance the UN disability treaty (adopted in 2007) compared and contrasted with the arguments used to justify a new thematic treaty on the rights of older people. It will suggest intersectional similarities as well as dissimilarities between the two ‘grounds.’ It will suggest that the arguments used thus far for a new treaty on the rights of older people are not yet fully convincing. And it will suggest a different line of argumentation that could help advance a new treaty on the rights of older people – not as a new outlier in the system but as the latest iteration of an international theory of justice that can help drive reform where it matters most in our individual countries.
The talk should be of interest to those who take an interest in the theory of intersectionality or in debates about the usefulness (or otherwise) of treaties as agents of change and in human rights theory and law as applied to older people.
About Professor Gerard Quinn:
Professor Gerard Quinn led the delegation of Rehabilitation International during the UN disability treaty negotiations and has recently published on the theory of intersectionality (Equal Rights Review. Vol 16). He has written on the lessons for elderly rights from the perspective of disability rights in Reubner et al (Eds) International & Comparative Law on the Rights of Older Persons (Vanderplass, Chicago, USA 2016) and he most recently spoke on the topic to Age Platform Europe (Brussels, November 2016). Professor Quinn directs the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland (Galway).