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.
Through annual conferences, scholarship and convenings, the Center has worked with these and other partners to support enhanced implementation and expanded adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In addition, the law school has a well-known Disability Rights Law Clinic, directed by Professor Robert Dinerstein. Although the Clinic is not part of the Center, we work closely on collaborative initaitves. Center publications, including the Human Rights Brief and www.hrbrief.org, also regularly cover developments regarding the rights of persons with disabilities and the UNCRPD.
The Center recently launched a new Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), which will bring attorneys from around the world to WCL to engage in a specialized course of study focused on disability and human rights. Learn more about the program.