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Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC)/Central European University Summer School on "Mental Disability Law in Practice"

Call for applications! http://www.summer.ceu.hu/02-courses/course-sites/mental/index-mental.php

The Central European University, in cooperation with the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, is delighted to announce a summer school on "Mental Disability Law in Practice". The two-week course will be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 19 to 30 July 2010.

Who should apply?
Practicing lawyers, human rights activists and academics in the field of mental health and disability rights from Europe and Africa.

What is the course content?
This applied legal practice course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants by exploring rights in real life. The course uses the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international legal instruments to cover a range of topics relevant to the lives of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities, including legal capacity, liberty, community living, access to justice, education, employment, family life and political rights. The course aims to heighten participants' awareness of mental health lawyering, and introduce them to methods of engaging in legal and policy reforms in their home jurisdictions, potentially in partnership with the Mental Disability Advocacy Center.

Is financial aid available?
A limited number of scholarships are available on merit: early applications are encouraged. See the online application page for more information.

Who are the faculty?
Peter Bartlett (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham, UK and Board Chair of MDAC); Gabor Gombos (MDAC Senior Advocacy Officer); Anna Lawson (Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, School of Law, UK and MDAC Board Member); Oliver Lewis (MDAC Executive Director and Visiting Professor, Legal Studies Department, CEU); Eva Szeli (Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School, US).

Who is hosting the summer university?
The Central European University's summer school was established in 1996 and is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts. http://www.ceu.hu. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center is an international human rights NGO based in Budapest which advances the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health disabilities in Europe and further afield. http://www.mdac.info.

How can you apply?
The course description, eligibility criteria, funding options, and application process can be viewed at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/mentaldisability. We welcome applications from persons with disabilities, and encourage people to contact us to discuss reasonable accommodation requirements.

What is the deadline?
Deadline for applications is 15 February 2010. Early applications are encouraged

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