International Conference: Using the Law as a Tool for Social Change, the 30th of May 2018, Stockholm

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Independent Living Institute invites:

  • Disabled People’s Organizations
  • Human Rights Advocates
  • Researchers and Students of Law
  • Law Firms interested in pro bono work
  • other stakeholders working with "the Law as a Tool” in the fight against discrimination

To gather in Stockholm for an exchange of knowledge and increase in competence on discrimination and disability, implementation of rights and ways of using strategic litigation to give disabled people better legal protection and better quality of life.

Preliminary program outline:

The Morning (9-12) will be open for the Disability movement to deal with its potential and opportunities in the implementation of discrimination law and opportunities for legal action toward social change.

The Afternoon (13-17) will focus on lawyering in practice, including:

  • How to use the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Convention on Human Rights and national law in courts, and
  • Examples of strategic litigation for strengthened protection of rights and equality

An evening meeting will focus on issues of financing and collaboration between disability organizations, law firms and universities.

”To combat discrimination and ensure our rights effectively, laws by themselves are not enough. The disability community needs to build expertise in implementing them through legal action in court.” /Adolf Ratzka

If you are interested in participating in or contributing please send a message to We also appreciate tips of groups, firms and organizations working on these issues.

For further information see updates of this page! (

A detailed programme will be published in February 2018.


Independent Living Institute was founded by Adolf Ratzka in 1993 to promote disabled people’s personal and political power. The project ”The Law a Tool for social Change" runs 2016 to 2019 with funding from the Swedish Inheritance Fund. The parallel non-profit association with the same name contributes to case law by taking on cases where members have been discriminated against due to disability.