New York Law School Online Mental Disability Law Program

at 185 West Broadway , New York, 10013 United States

Sharing Disability Information Worldwide and Fostering Online Distance Learning in Mental Disability Law

New York Law School Online Mental Disability Law Program
185 West Broadway
New York , NY 10013
United States


Mental disability law is one of the most rapidly growing, and least understood, areas of the law. Interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Patients’ Bill of Rights, and of terms such as “dangerousness”, “risk assessment” and “the least restrictive alternative”, are confounding mental health and legal professionals. Issues regarding the civil rights of homeless persons, sexually violent predators, outpatient commitment, and persons committed to institutions are hotly debated in courts and communities alike. All aspects of the criminal law as it applies to persons with mental disabilities are constantly being reinterpreted. Attorneys representing persons with mental disabilities as well as expert witnesses and advocates must master complex skills. And the relationship between mental disability law and human rights law--both in the U.S. and around the world--is now being subjected to intense scrutiny.

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Off to Japan this weekend>>> On Monday, I’ll be speaking to the future students in our ADA online course and a cohort of international human rights advocates on Mental Health Law and Human Rights: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges, under the sponsorship of the Tokyo Advocacy Law office . On Tuesday, I’ll be speaking at Kanagawa University about our Building a Disability Rights Information Center Clinic, and about the possibility of our creating an international human rights/mental disability law online course at that University. On Wednesday, I’ll be participating in a press conference on the way that the Japanese government is converting former psychiatric wards into ”residential facilities” in a way that, I argue, violates international human rights law (in light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Published on 2013-12-19 15:21:36 GMT

Sec of State Kerry is currently testifying brilliantly before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the need for the CRPD. Tweeter-ites can follow on the #Disabilitytreaty thread.

Published on 2013-11-21 15:23:16 GMT

I am off this morning to New Orleans to present at the American Psychology-Law Society (a panel on how law and psychology can better enrich and invigorate each other). Among my co-panelists will be NYLS Adjunct Prof. Heather Ellis Cucolo and M.A. student, Dr. Astrid Birgden.

Published on 2014-03-05 00:09:45 GMT

(1/2)And some more for your reading enjoyment: my recent piece (with NYLS Adjunct Prof and alum Heather Ellis Cucolo), “Far From the Turbulent Space”: Considering the Adequacy of Counsel in the Representation of Individuals Accused of Being Sexually Violent Predators, accessible for free download at

Published on 2014-01-29 20:07:04 GMT

Upcoming gigs: On Wednesday, December 4, I will be presenting a paper -- “My Sense of Humanity Has Gone Down the Drain”: Stereotypes, Stigma and Sanism -- at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University as part of a seminar, ‘Stereotyping as a Human Rights Issue.’ I am the sole American professor invited to be part of this program. On Friday, December 6, I will be presenting a paper -- “Friend to the Martyr, A Friend to the Woman Of Shame”: How the Adoption of Therapeutic Jurisprudence Best Ensures Dignity and Ends Humiliation – to the annual conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network at Columbia University, hosted by the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

Published on 2013-12-01 17:57:11 GMT

Follow Prof Michael Perlin on Twitter @MichaelLPerlin! On Friday, November 22 he'll be Tweeting from the American Society of Criminology meeting in Atlanta.

Published on 2013-11-22 04:17:15 GMT

Professor Heather Ellis Cucolo and I will be traveling to Atlanta on Thursday, and will be presenting a paper on Friday to the American Society of Criminology, “Far From the Turbulent Space”: Considering the Adequacy of Counsel in the Representation of Individuals Accused of Being Sexually Violent Predators. Will any friends of this page be there to join us???

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