Dermot & Jan

“The law is very complicated…”

In this chapter, Dermot shares his story of inheritance, access to justice and choosing where to live. When Dermot’s mother passed away her will specified that he should be allowed to live in the family home for a number of years after her death. What followed was a complicated time in Dermot’s life without the proper legal advice leading to restricted choices. He subsequently moved to a residential service and has been living there since. Jan responds to Dermot’s experiences through the prism of Article 12, 13 and 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and presents potential solutions and recommendations for reform.

You can watch Dermot and Jan present here. Their presentation starts from 53:32.

About the Authors


My name is Dermot Lowndes.

I am from Ireland.

My 7 word autobiography is: kind, reliable, good friend, family is very important.

Jan Strnad.jpegMy name is Jan Strnad

I am from Czech republic.

I have experience of advocacy, practical legal support to people in claiming their acces to justice and in lecturing and writing in these issues.

My 7-word autobiography is: legal idealist keeping legs on the ground