Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Since 2007, the Center has taken the lead in bringing together the disability rights, development assistance and human rights communities to examine the important and emerging intersections of disability rights and human rights. The Center works closely with leading NGOs such as Disability Rights International, the United States International Council on Disabilities, the World Institute on Disability, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Organization on Disability and the Disability Rights Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.

Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program

The Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), brings attorneys from various parts of the world to WCL to engage in a specialized course of study focused on disability and human rights. WCL is one of six universities around the world participating in this program, which is now in its fifth year. The program aims to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and through legal channels, so that persons with disabilities achieve a state of full and effective participation and inclusion in society. The program intends to provide disability rights advocates and lawyers with the necessary expertise to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, impact litigation, and scholarship, thereby taking advantage of the innovations and opportunities offered by the UNCRPD. Learn more

Disability Rights Work

Through conferences, scholarship, and collaboration with leading nongovernmental organizations in the field of disability rights, the Center has worked to support enhanced implementation and expanded adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In addition, the law school also has a well-known Disability Rights Law Clinic, directed by Center Faculty Director, Professor Robert Dinerstein. Center publications, including the Human Rights Brief and, also regularly cover developments regarding the rights of persons with disabilities and the UNCRPD.

Human Rights and Disability Outreach and Education
The Center hosts many high-profile conferences, panels, and events on emerging issues in the intersection of disability and human rights, and has provided training on advocacy for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



Human Rights Brief Coverage of Disability Rights
The Human Rights Brief, a student-run publication of the Center, regularly features articles and coverage of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings related to disability and human rights.