Equal Justice for People with Disabilities? An Analysis of Complaints to New Zealand’s Human Rights Review Tribunal
Melbourne Law School
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New Zealand’s unique medico-legal system includes access to the Human Rights Review Tribunal. To date, the Tribunal has heard a number of complaints from people with disabilities who have experienced a breach of their rights under the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.
In this seminar, Professor Kate Diesfeld, Chair of the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee, will examine select decisions of the Human Rights Review Tribunal to explore patterns in breaches and whether this regime offers just remedies for the aggrieved. Many decisions relate to the abuse and neglect of people with multiple disabilities in a range of residential contexts. Professor Diesfeld will also discuss preventive strategies, alternatives to the current model and lessons for Australia in light of its Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.