Prof. Andrew Byrnes

Professor of International Law, UNSW Sydney

For the Affirmative

Prof. Gerard Quinn

Professor Emeritus in Law at the National University of Ireland (Galway)

Prof. Israel (Issi) Doron

Department of Gerontology & Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging
Past President – Israel Society of Gerontology
University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel 31905
Tel: 972-4-8249954; Email:

Prof. Israel (Issi) Doron, LL.B. (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel); LL.M. (Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA); Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON., Canada).  Currently Prof. Doron is the Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at the University of Haifa, the Past President of the Israeli Gerontological Society, and the Past Head of the Department of Gerontology. He specializes in the fields of law and ageing, social policy, human rights and ageism. Prof. Doron has written extensively on topics such as socio-legal construction of old age, and human rights of older persons (e.g.  Doron, I.& Apter, I. (2010): The Debate Around the Need for an International Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. The Gerontologist, 50(5), 586-593) and is the editor/co-editor of key books in the field such as “Theories on Law and Aging:  The Jurisprudence of Elder Law” (Springer, 2009); “Beyond Elder Law: New Directions in Law and Aging” (Springer, 2012; with Ann Soden) or “The Law and Ethics of Dementia” (Hart, 2014; with Charles Foster & Jonathan Herring).  

Prof. Henry Brodaty

Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration, UNSW Sydney, Psychogeriatrician POWH

Dr. Linda Steele

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Linda Steele is a socio-legal researcher working at the intersections of disability, law and social justice. She has been researching disability law and social issues for over a decade, having previously been a solicitor with the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. Dr Steele teaches civil court procedure law and mental health and disability law.

Her research is focused on understanding law’s complex and contradictory relationship to violence, institutionalisation and discrimination, reflecting on what this means for how we engage with legal methods (such as litigation and law reform) to achieve social justice for people with disability. She has particular expertise in legal responses to abuse and neglect in institutional settings. Her monograph Disability, Criminal Justice and Law was recently published by Routledge.


Prof. Titti Mattsson

Professor of Law, Lund University Sweden

Prof. Titti Mattsson is Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. She is Director of the Norma Elder Law Research Group at the faculty as well a member of the steering group på ELAN, the European Law and Ageing Network. ELAN was established in Lund in May 2019 with the aim to gather the academic community, practitioners, policymakers, and others that are work with elder law issues. The network currently consists of 42 members from fourteen countries. Mattsson har published widely in elder law, social-welfare law and health law.

Dr. Kiran Rabheru

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
Chair of the Board, International Longevity Centre-Canada

Dr. Kiran Rabheru is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Geriatric Psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and the Behavioral Support Programs at TOH. He obtained his medical degree (MD) from University of Western Ontario. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP, FCFP). First, as a Family Physician, he gained real life experience working in several rural and urban settings for 5 years. Subsequently, he went on to complete his specialty training in Psychiatry, subspecializing in Geriatric Psychiatry, in which he is Board Certified in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN).

Dr. Rabheru is passionate and committed to serving seniors and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He is a Founder of the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and has served as the President of the CAGP and a Board member for many years. He is a Co-Leader the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, and serves as Chair of the Board of the International Longevity Centre, Canada, Board member of the International Psychogeriatric Association and Chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association and on the National Leadership Team for the Fountain of Health http://www.fountainofhealth.capromoting healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality.

Prof. Liat Ayalon

Coordinator EuroAgeism ITN-MSCA
Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work
Bar Ilan University

Prof. Liat Ayalon, PhD, is a researcher in the School of Social Work, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Prof. Ayalon coordinates an international EU funded Ph.D. program on the topic of ageism ( She is also the Israeli PI of the EU funded MascAge program to study ageing masculinities in literature and cinema. For the past four years, Prof. Ayalon has led an international research network on the topic of ageism, funded through COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology; COST IS1402, She consults both national and international organizations concerning the development and evaluation of programs and services for older adults.  

Prof. Susan Kurrle

Clinical Director Aged Care and Rehabilitation for Northern Sydney LHD
Director NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, University of Sydney

Prof. Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW. She is the Clinical Network Director for Rehabilitation and Aged Care in Northern Sydney Local Health District and she holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Her research and practice interests centre on dementia and frailty, successful ageing, and improving care for older people in residential care. 

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