The Adequacy of Current Legal Protections in Protecting the rights of Children with Disability

Public lectures by Dr Bronagh Byrne (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Mr Tony McCarthy (Office of the Public Guardian, Queensland)

Mr Tony McCarthy, Office of the Public Guardian, Queensland

Regulating Restraint and Seclusion in Australian Government Schools: A Comparative Human Rights Analysis


Tony McCarthy is a Senior Legal Officer – Child Advocate at the Office of the Public Guardian (Qld). Tony has a Masters of Law (QUT) and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015. Prior to joining the OPG, Tony worked as a solicitor with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) providing specialist legal advice and representation in mental health and human rights law. Tony has also worked in various research and project coordinator roles, and as a research assistant and sessional academic with the QUT Law School. Tony’s research interests include human rights law and health law, particularly in relation to children’s rights and the rights of individuals with disabilities. Tony’s most recent research is focused on the regulation of restraint and seclusion in Australian government schools.


Dr Bronagh Byrne, Queen’s University, Belfast

How Inclusive is the Right to Inclusive Education? An assessment of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ Concluding Observations


Dr Bronagh Byrne is a lecturer in Social Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests lie in two main areas; disability rights and children’s rights. She has a keen interest in disability policy and the relationship between international human rights law and policy development and implementation with respect to disability issues. She also has an active interest in the potential of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which incorporates a range of social policy areas, in creating a more inclusive society, particularly in relation to children and young people, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Bronagh is a member of the Centre for Children’s Rights and co-chair of the Disability Research Network at Queen’s University Belfast.



Start Date: 27/03/2019