The VOICES Project

The Voices of Individuals: Collectively Exploring Self-determination (VOICES) project aimed to change the law in relation to the right to legal capacity for people with disabilities. The project was based at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway under Prof. Eilionóir Flynn.

The project finished on the 30th of November 2018.

The right to legal capacity in its most basic form is the right to make decisions which have legal consequences and to have those decisions respected by the law. This project took an innovative approach to legal capacity law reform by publishing the stories of those with lived experience of disability and pairing them with researchers, practitioners, front line workers in disability services and activists to develop grounded ideas for legal reform. The project was structured across four thematic areas – criminal responsibility, contractual capacity, consent to medical treatment and consent to sex and relationships.

The VOICES project placed participants from eleven countries and five different continents in pairs. Each of the pairs worked together to co-author a chapter of an edited collection entitled, ‘Global Perspectives on Legal Capacity Reform: Our Voices, Our Stories,’ which was published by Routledge in 2018.

Banner artwork illustrating the project’s progress by  Hatiye Garip-Logo (1)