Eilionóir Flynn

 

 


 

Dr. Flynn is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the Principal Investigator on a research projects in the fields of access to justice, active citizenship and disability (DISCIT), and legal capacity reform (PERSON). In 2014 she became the youngest awardee of a European Research Council Starting Grant for the VOICES project on the lived experiences of those denied legal capacity. At a national level she is also actively engaged in processes of legal capacity reform, and co-ordinates a working group of civil society organizations on this issue, as well as a group of organizations supporting the emergence of a National Platform of Self Advocates with Intellectual Disability. Internationally, Dr. Flynn has supported the Secretariat of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in particular the working group which prepared a draft General Comment on Article 12 (legal capacity). She has published widely in international peer reviewed journals on disability rights issues, and is the author of two monographs published by Cambridge University Press and Ashgate.




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