Employment Law and Mental Health, 12th November 2011


in association with


Employment Law Association of Ireland


will be hosting the inaugural day-long conference for the new LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy, entitled “Employment Law and Mental Health”, on Saturday the 12th of November commencing at 10am.  The conference is being organised by the School of Law’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, as well as the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education programme in conjunction with the Employment Law Association of Ireland.


The aim of the conference is to address the issue of Employment Law and Mental Health in Ireland.  The conference will address the topic from a legal and medical perspective.  Speakers will include legal practitioners, academics and consultant psychiatrist, each speaker will address the core topic from their disciplinary perspective.


We hope that this interdisciplinary approach will assist each discipline in gaining a broader understanding of the important issues that need to be addressed. The conference is aimed at legal practitioners, medical practitioners, academics, researchers, NGO’s and those involved in mental health and disability issues. 


Mental Health can cover numerous issues from work related stress, post traumatic stress disorder, or mental health problems including, for example, depression.  Employers have legal obligations and requirements in respect of these employees, and it is important to understand the various issues, both legal and medical that arise in this context.


The conference will be chaired by Dr. Mary Keys of the School of Law NUI Galway; who is the public representative on the Mental Health Commission. The conference will bring together nationally renowned experts in their respective fields, including: Marguerite Bolger Senior Counsel, and Dr. Ann Jeffers Consultant psychiatrist amongst others.  

It will be held in MY243 Theatre, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway (see map; http://www.nuigalway.ie/campus_map/)


There will be Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points available to those who are eligible and a Certificate of Attendance will be provided after the Conference. For further information, including the conference programme, registration and a list of speakers, see www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/events.html.

For other enquiries contact Lughaidh Kerin at (091) 493341 lughaidh.kerin@nuigalway.ie or Shivaun Quinlivan at (091) 493842 shivaun.quinlivan@nuigalway.ie