The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Comparative, Regional and Thematic Perspectives

Edited by: Gerard Quinn, Charles O'Mahony

This volume undertakes a multidisciplinary examination of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It brings together an emerging community of scholars in the disability field whose pioneering research examines the significance of the Convention and the barriers to its operation and implementation. The entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a paradigm shift in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. The Convention requires that persons with disabilities are no longer to be seen as objects of charity. Rather, they are subjects and rights holders on par with everyone else. The Convention necessitates a move beyond formal guarantees of equality towards proactive measures that improve the daily lives of persons with disabilities. As such, it is driving a worldwide law reform movement. This movement places a premium on having relevant comparative knowledge to drive that process throughout the world. The book provides novel perspectives on the Convention by examining a number of different themes. The themes include legal capacity, mental health, independent living, education, and employment. The book also takes a regional look at the Convention and the role that the Convention will play in developing disability law and policy in those regions. These themes are of huge importance for policy makers, non-governmental organizations, disability persons' organizations, and State parties to the Convention. The study was carried out by the Universities of Maastricht, Warwick, and the West of England, together with JUSTICE (an all-party law reform and human rights organization). Avon and Somerset Police, as well as the Open Society Justice Initiative were also collaborators on the project.


300 pages

Publication Date: 12/15/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780681627


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