Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program
The Center's 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. This Fall, the Center is pleased to welcome the third cohort of Disability and Human Rights Fellows. They are: Solórzano Betancourt (Mexico), Matías Matilda González Gil (Colombia), and Novath E. Rukwago (Tanzania).
The program is the first of its kind, focused on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its integration into national and local law. The program was developed and is being co-directed by Prof. Robert Dinerstein, director of the WCL Disability Law Clinic, and Hadar Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. WCL is one of six universities around the world participating in this program, which is now in its third year.
The program aims to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and through legal channels, help overcome the effect of exclusionary practices, 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. It also seeks to enhance the emerging discourse of disability rights as human rights.