Eric Rosenthal

Eric Rosenthal is Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International (DRI), and NGO dedicated to the promotion of the human rights of people with disabilities. He has served as a consultant for international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the US National Council on Disability (NCD). In 2008, Rosenthal received the Henry A. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for his extensive advocacy for people with disabilities. He has also received several more prizes in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the human rights field and was appointed the 2015-2016 Fr. Robert Drinan Chair in International Human Rights by the Georgetown University Law Center. Rosenthal has published many reports, articles, and op-eds, bringing attention to the concerns of children and adults segregated from society in orphanages, psychiatric facilities, and other institutions and has trained activists in 40 countries and helped establish advocacy groups run by people with disabilities in Hungary, Kosovo, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

He holds a law degree cum laude from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Chicago.