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Symposium: States, Minds and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right

March 23 & 24, 2012

Access to healthcare, equal treatment, and justice for people with psychosocial and developmental disabilities is one of the most under-explored areas of contemporary human rights advocacy. In most places around the world, protections for the health and well being of the developmentally and psychosocially disabled are sorely lacking. As a result, at home and abroad human beings are deprived of legal autonomy, warehoused in inhumane institutional settings, subjected to involuntary medical interventions, and otherwise violently mistreated.

The Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal's biannual symposium, States, Minds, and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right will examine this widespread problem from multiple perspectives. In addition to scrutinizing domestic, foreign, and international law and policy in the area of mental health, the symposium will view the intersection of human rights and mental health in several contexts, including criminal justice, immigration and asylum, civil conflict and political violence, and disability rights. We will explore the initiatives of different governments, NGOs, and human rights activists to ensure humane treatment of people with disabilities. The symposium will bring together academics and practitioners, theorists and activists, policymakers and lobbyists, and students and professionals. Our goal is to advance a worldwide conversation about the enshrinement and actualization of mental health as a human right.

**Register online for States, Minds, and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right.**

We have reserved a block of rooms forSymposium attendeesat the Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven.To book a room, pleasecall1-800-843-6664 (THE-OMNI) and refer to the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal block.

Please contact us at YHRDLJ.Symposium@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Symposium Schedule

The following Symposium schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Friday, March 23, 2012

2:00 pm -- Registration begins

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm -- Panel: Mental Health and Disability Rights.
Speakers
Samuel Bagenstos, Professor of Law, Univ. of Michigan Law School (formerly U.S. Dept. of Justice)
Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Researcher and Advocate, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Robert Bernstein, President & Executive Director, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm -- Happy Hour with the Yale Law School community

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm -- Introductory Remarks and Keynote Address
Featuring Eric Rosenthal, Founder & Executive Director, Disability Rights International

Saturday, March 24, 2012

8:30 am -- Coffee and breakfast at Yale Law School

9:30 am - 11:00 am -- Panel: Mental Health and the U.S. Immigration System
Speakers
Sarah Mehta, ACLU of Michigan, formerly Aryeh Neier Fellow at Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union
Kristen Ochoa, Clinical Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
James Preis, Executive Director, Mental Health Advocacy Services

11:15 am - 12:45 pm -- Panel: Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Speakers
Eric Balaban, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Prison Project
James Ellis, Distinguished Professor of Law, Univ. of New Mexico Law School
Carol Fisler, Director, Mental Health Court Programs, Center for Court Innovation

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm -- Lunch at Yale Law School

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm -- Panel: Strategies for Mental Disability Rights Advocacy: From the Local to the Global
Speakers
Celia Brown, MindFreedom International
Lycette Nelson, Litigation Director, Mental Disability Advocacy Center
Eve Stotland, Director, Mental Health Project, Urban Justice Center
Michael Wessells, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health