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Voices Of Individuals: Collectively Exploring Self-determination

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "VOICES" data sheet

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Organization address
city: Galway
postcode: H91

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Project website
 Total cost 891˙386 €
 EC max contribution 891˙386 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2018-11-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY IE (Galway) coordinator 891˙386.00


 Project objective

The right to make one’s own decisions and to have these decisions respected by law is a basic human freedom which most adults take for granted. However, for many people with disabilities (especially people with intellectual, psycho-social and other cognitive disabilities) this fundamental right has been denied – informally, in the private sphere, and formally, in the public sphere through States’ laws and policies.

Since the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is an emerging consensus in human rights discourse that all people, regardless of their decision-making skills, should enjoy ‘legal capacity’ on an equal basis—that is, the right to be recognised as a person before the law and the subsequent right to have one’s decisions legally recognised. To date most of the literature on how this right should be realised has been developed by non-disabled scholars without the direct input of people with disabilities themselves.

The VOICES project will take a radical approach to develop new law reform ideas based on this concept of ‘universal legal capacity.’ Its primary objective is to develop reform proposals based on the lived experience of disability. The project will support individuals who self-identify as disabled to develop personal narratives about their experiences in exercising, or being denied, legal capacity. Through a collaborative process, legal and social science scholars will then work with people with disabilities to develop their personal narratives to frame and ground concrete proposals for law reform in previously unexplored areas – including consent to sex, contractual capacity, criminal responsibility and consent to medical treatment. In this way, the legitimacy of people with disabilities’ perspectives on the options for law reform will be validated, and this will create a powerful argument for legal change.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Eilionóir Flynn
The right to legal agency: domination, disability and the protections of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
published pages: 22-38, ISSN: 1744-5523, DOI: 10.1017/S1744552316000458
International Journal of Law in Context 13/01 2019-05-29
2017 Eilionóir Flynn, Anna Arstein-Kerslake
State intervention in the lives of people with disabilities: the case for a disability-neutral framework
published pages: 39-57, ISSN: 1744-5523, DOI: 10.1017/S1744552316000495
International Journal of Law in Context 13/01 2019-05-29
2017 Liz Brosnan, Eilionóir Flynn
Freedom to negotiate: a proposal extricating ‘capacity’ from ‘consent’
published pages: 58-76, ISSN: 1744-5523, DOI: 10.1017/S1744552316000471
International Journal of Law in Context 13/01 2019-05-29
2017 Clíona de Bhailís, Eilionóir Flynn
Recognising legal capacity: commentary and analysis of Article 12 CRPD
published pages: 6-21, ISSN: 1744-5523, DOI: 10.1017/S174455231600046X
International Journal of Law in Context 13/01 2019-05-29

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