(PRWEB) June 25, 2014
The world’s aging population faces a multitude of potential issues, from medical decision-making to abuse, often without the legal protections based on a clear understanding of their human rights. A coalition of experts and advocates on the rights of older persons will release proposed, unified legislation that attempts to address these issues on a global basis, according to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
On July 11, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Roosevelt University and East China University of Political Science and Law will unveil the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons – an international model declaration for older persons that has been crafted and edited by scholars, advocates and policymakers from around the world. The declaration culminates a two-day International Elder Law and Policy Conference at John Marshall. Conference representatives – sponsored by the American Bar Association – will present the declaration before the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, which meets July 30-Aug. 1, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City.
The Chicago Declaration addresses a litany of human rights concerns facing older persons, including pensions, the laws of guardianship and eliminating age discrimination. The declaration is a final working draft, which may be further refined during commentary sessions running concurrent to the conference’s discussions. If you would like an embargoed copy of the Chicago Declaration, please contact Christine Kraly at ckraly(at)jmls.edu or 312-427-2737 ext. 171.
Advocates and experts from several countries will host panels throughout the Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium, an annual lecture series endowed by John Marshall alum Joseph H. Braun. Experts providing keynote addresses this year include:
- Israel Doron, Professor of Law; Head, Department of Gerontology, School of Social Work, University of Haifa (Israel)
- Gerard Quinn, Professor; Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, School of Law (Ireland)
- Eilionóir Flynn, Senior Lecturer; Deputy Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, School of Law (Ireland)
What: Unveiling of the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons – International Elder Law and Policy Conference
Where: The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago
When: July 11, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. – Declaration Presentation
(Full conference: July 10-11, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.)
Click here for more information on the conference speakers and panel topics, or to register.