Disability Rights Law Clinic Goes International

Tiara Bonet and Ryan Nelson
DRLC Student Attorneys Tiara Bonet and Ryan Nelson

Women Enabled International (“WEI”) is an NGO based in Washington, DC that works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. WEI has asked the AUWCL Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) to research the extent to which disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) have submitted shadow reports that have influenced the content of Concluding Observations (COs) from the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities issues.

DRLC student attorneys Tiara Bonet and Ryan Nelson will begin by identifying instances where DPOs submitted shadow reports to the Committee and then evaluate whether or not the Committee adopted any of the NGO’s recommendations in its COs and recommendations. Students will also communicate directly with the NGOs to understand whether they believed that the Committee appropriately adopted their recommendations. The DRLC student attorneys will memorialize their findings in a report submitted to WEI.