Eilionóir Flynn is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway. She is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, PhD), and published her first book with Cambridge University Press in 2011, entitled ‘From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’ Eilionóir’s current research interests include legal capacity, advocacy, access to justice, and the intersectionality of disability, gender and ageing.
At a national level she is actively engaged in the process of legal capacity reform, and co-ordinates a working group of over 15 civil society organizations in the fields of disability, mental health and older people on this issue.
Internationally, she 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 is also actively engaged with the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing which aims to strengthen the international human rights of older persons.
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