Truth Commissions, Reparations and Deinstitutionalisation: Towards a Disability Truth and Repair Framework
Linda Steele is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is a socio-legal scholar whose research focuses on the role and limits of law, human rights and transitional justice in redressing violence against disabled people. Dr Steele explores how we reckon with and repair harms associated with violence, institutionalisation and segregation of disabled people, including through collaborative research with Disabled People’s Organisations. Current and recently completed projects under this program include: reparations for people living with dementia in residential aged care (with Kate Swaffer, People with Disability Australia and Dementia Alliance International), reparative approaches to redevelopment of sites of former disability institutions (with Phillippa Carnemolla and Council for Intellectual Disability), and redressing reproductive violence against women with disability (with Women with Disabilities Australia). Dr Steele is author of Disability, Criminal Justice and Law (2020, Routledge) and co-editor of Sites of Conscience: Place, Memory, and the Project of Deinstitutionalization (forthcoming 2024, UBC Press, with Elisabeth Punzi) and The Legacies of Institutionalisation: Disability, Law and Policy in the ‘Deinstitutionalised’ Community (2020, Hart Publishing, with Claire Spivakovsky and Penelope Weller). Dr Steele co-authored two independent research reports commissioned by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Dr Steele is co-convenor of the UTS Feminist Legal Research Group and on the leadership team of the UTS Disability Research Network.