The New UN Disability Rights Convention:
Building Support in the United States for Ratification and Implementation

April 9, 2007

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Room 603

Washington, DC 20016

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On March 30, 2007, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened for signature and ratification. The United States is a country that has historically been a world leader in the recognition of disability rights. On April 9, 2007, the disability, human rights, and international development communities came together to examine the Convention, its guarantees, and its implications for US law and foreign policy.  Conference attendees considered ways to encourage US government and public support and examined strategies for ensuring continued US leadership in the international protection of disability rights.

Conference Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 am: Welcome and Introduction

9:30 – 11:00 am: Overview of the New UN Convention on Disability Rights

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Implementation through Domestic Law, Policy & Practice 

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Keynote Address: Mr. Aryeh Neier, Open Society Institute

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Video Presentation: Overcoming Abuses in Orphanages & Institutions  

3:00 – 4:15 pm: Implementation through International Advocacy and Development Policy

4:30 – 6:00 pm: Strategy Session: Seeking U.S. Government & Public Support

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception


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Co-Sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, The Human Rights Brief, Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) , US International Council on Disability (USICD), Syracuse University College of Law Disability and Policy Program of the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, Syracuse University Journal of International Law and Commerce, and World Institute on Disability.

WCL Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law US International Council on Disabilities mdri
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