The 21st Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium

2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference

July 10 & 11, 2014 | Chicago, Illinois

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will bring international scholars, advocates, and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion on the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for older persons around the globe. This conference parallels the current discussions of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. The Conference participants will draft a model International Declaration of Rights for Older Persons.


2014 Conference Schedule

July 10, 2014 | 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.


Introduction and Welcome

Opening Plenary

Opening Keynote

Panel 1: Dignity, Equality, and Anti-Ageism Rights of Older Persons

Conference attendees interested in this session topic are encouraged to attend the declaration drafting and commentary session on human rights (non-discrimination, equality, and equal opportunity; equality before the law; right to life; and health); women; other populations with specific vulnerabilities; and associated states obligations and definitions.

Lunch and Keynote

Panel 2: Health Care, Caregiving for Older Persons, and Legal Decision Making

Conference attendees interested in this session topic are encouraged to attend the declaration drafting and commentary session on human rights (housing; independent living; respect for privacy; and adequate standard of living); family; and associated states obligations and definitions.

Panel 3: Social Security, Pensions, and Economic Rights of Older Persons

Conference attendees interested in this session topic are encouraged to attend the declaration drafting and commentary session on human rights (social security; property; and work and employment) and associated states obligations and definitions.

Closing Remarks

Reception

Hosted at the Roosevelt University Library. Please enter at the 430 S. Michigan Avenue entrance.

July 11, 2014 | 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Welcome

Panel 4: Capacity, Protection, and the Prevention of Abuse of Older Persons

Conference attendees interested in this session topic are encouraged to attend the declaration drafting and commentary session on human rights (freedom from medical abuse; freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; and freedom from exploitation, violence, and abuse) and associated states obligations and definitions.

Panel 5: Advocacy, Representation, and Access to Justice for Older Persons

Conference attendees interested in this session topic are encouraged to attend the declaration drafting and commentary session on human rights (liberty; expression and access to information; education; and participation in social, political, and cultural life); emergencies; statistics and data collection; awareness-raising; national and international cooperation and development; and associated states obligations and definitions.

Lunch and Keynote

Unveiling of the Chicago Declaration for the Rights of Older Persons

A draft of the Chicago Declaration for the Rights of Older Persons is currently available online. To read the draft declaration and comment on it, please use the link below.

Comment on the Declaration

Closing Remarks


Contact Information

All questions about this conference, or submission of abstracts or articles, should be directed to Teresa Do at tdo@jmls.edu or 1.312.427.2737 ext. 688.

Organizers

The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois)

Roosevelt University, College of Arts & Sciences
(Chicago, Illinois)

East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China)


In Cooperation With:

The John Marshall Law School Elder Law Programs

The John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic

Roosevelt University Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project

Roosevelt University Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Contact Information

All questions about this conference, or submission of abstracts or articles, should be directed to Teresa Do at tdo@jmls.edu or 1.312.427.2737 ext. 688.

View a Draft of the Declaration

Comment on the Declaration