Human rights consulting, legislation affecting older persons, policy, litigation, seminars

By: Age Rights International  11-11-2011
Keywords: law, Human Rights

For governments, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits/NGOs, and human rights institutions, Age Rights International offers a variety of consultative services pertaining to human rights, law and the experiences of older persons, including:

- Evaluation of laws and legal frameworks for human rights compliance
- Drafting of legislation, regulations and human rights instruments
- Speaking, seminars, training
- Research and analysis
- Preparation of policy papers
- Advising on litigation
- Coordination of awareness campaigns
- Development of human rights curriculum
- National policy advising
- Lobbying

Recent Projects

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Lobbyist for Dementia SA at the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on the rights of older persons in New York City

 
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Guest Co-Editor of August 2011 edition of Global Ageing, the journal of the International Federation on Ageing;

 
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Speaker at University of the Western Cape seminar on the socioeconomic rights of older persons

 
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Guest Lecturer at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, Minnesota) elder law class and at Stellenbosch University (Cape Town) nursing class

 
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Member of the drafting team for the Cape Town Declaration on a Global Response to Dementia (for the International Longevity Center Global Alliance)

   
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Consultant to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Department of Economic
and Social Development to prepare research report on the human rights of older persons

 
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Researcher for South African country report for Understanding our Ageing World, a project of the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International

 
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Participant and presenter for expert group meeting on the human rights of older persons, Geneva; meeting convened by the United Nations OHCHR and DESA

 
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Participant and presenter for expert group meeting on the international and regional human rights of older persons, Washington DC; meeting sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund and the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington School of Law

 
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Speaker to board of directors for the Western Cape Province branch of the South African Older Persons Forum, Cape Town

   
- Lecturer on elder abuse to psychiatric nurses at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
   
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Researcher for Institute for Development and Labour Law (IDLL), University of Cape Town Faculty of Law


A variety of laws impact the freedom with which older persons have to make the right choices for their lives. If, for example, an otherwise capable 65 year old person is forced out of work due to mandatory retirement policies, her ability to economically support herself (and thus her lifestyle) is stymied. If a community lacks a broad spectrum of housing options, the community’s older persons are forced into ill-suited living situations. Laws and policies such as those listed below provide a framework for empowering older persons to live the ‘good life’ they choose:

anti-discrimination labour / employment
consumer protection regulation of care facilities
inheritance/probate/succession estate planning (wills, trusts)
powers of attorney property ownership and transfers
disabilities/reasonable accommodation government subsidized housing
vulnerable adult protection/elder abuse/domestic violence governmental benefits
(social security, pensions, medical aid)
living wills/ health care directives/palliative care guardianships/conservatorships and other laws addressing competency


While Age Rights International is currently based in the United States, Jill Adkins consults and travels globally.


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Keywords: Human Rights, law