LLS Staff Seminar #5: Disability Discrimination Law: European Perspectives

In the fifth La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2015, Professor Lisa Waddington, Maastricht Centre for European Law, Maastricht University will examine European legislation that prohibits disability discrimination.


In this presentation Professor Lisa Waddington will introduce and critically discuss European Union legislation which prohibits discrimination on the ground of disability. She will explore the definition of discrimination, and pay particular attention to the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation. Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the definition of disability, and the influence of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on this case law, will be discussed. In the second half of the presentation Professor Waddington will reflect on gaps and weaknesses in EU disability non-discrimination law, and consider new directions in research on disability equality in Europe.


Professor Lisa Waddington holds the European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law. Professor Waddington’s principal area of interest lies in European and comparative disability law, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and European and comparative equality law in general. In 2000, she received an ASPASIA award from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Between 2004 and 2007 she coordinated a large EU research and education project on European non-discrimination law. She also coordinated the involvement of Maastricht University in the FP7 EuRADE project (European Research Agendas expanding Disability Equality) and the Marie Curie Initial Training Network DREAM (Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets, 2011-2015). Lisa Waddington is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law and a member of both the Ius Commune Research School and the Human Rights Research School. Between 1993 and 2004 she was the editor of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. She is currently a board member of a number of Networks and organizations, including the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field and the Academic Network of European Disability experts. Professor Waddington has been an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in 2000.


Date: Wednesday 3 June 2015

Time: 12.45 to 2.00pm

Venue: Martin Building, Level 3, Room 362B, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Cost: Free

RVSP: Light refreshments will be provided.  Registration is required at Eventbrite for catering purposes.

Marc Trabsky