I'm a person

Calling for an end to brutal systems of guardianship and demanding recognition of the right to decide for all. People with mental health issues or intellectual disabilities are often labelled by the law as incompetent, and put under guardianship. Courts strip their rights to marry, have a family, vote, own a house, sign an employment contract or even decide their own medical treatment. People in in this Kafkaesque situation have no means of accessing justice.

That is why we select test cases to challenge guardianship and urge state structures to put in place support for people to author their own lives. By campaigning with grassroots NGOs we enable governments to think in a different way.

We support the global disability rights movement in their priority areas where law can play a valuable role in achieving structural change. We work on two other campaigns see these below:

We use four strategies to achieve the goals of these campaigns:

Building solidarity

We support local lawyers and NGOs by delivering training and strengthening their capacity, and help victims of human rights abuse tell their story nationally and internationally.

Promoting inclusion

We work with local, national and international bodies to ensure a human rights based approach in law and policy reform.

Securing justice

We take test cases through the courts to redefine the law.

Supporting movements

We use our legal skills to support national and international disability rights advocates.