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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts Edited by Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson
Author: Edited by Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson
ISBN: 9780198786627
Binding: Hardcover
Publication Date: 31 July 2018
Price: $125.00


Introduced in 2008, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has existed for nearly a decade. This comprehensive study examines how courts in thirteen different jurisdictions make use of the Convention. The first sustained comparative international law analysis of the CRPD, Waddington and Lawson’s ground breaking text illuminates the intersection between human rights law, disability law and international law through an examination of the role of courts. The first part of the book contains chapters specific to each jurisdiction. The second part consists of comparative chapters which draw on the rich analysis of the jurisdiction-specific chapters. These chapters reflect on emerging patterns of judicial usage and interpretation of the CRPD and on the wider implications for human rights theory and the nascent field of international comparative human rights law. This volume is a vital and thought-provoking addition to the literature on comparative international law and disability rights.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Scene, Anna Lawson and Lisa Waddington
2. Argentina, Ana Laura Aiello
3. Australia, Lisa Waddington
4. Council of Europe, Oliver Lewis
5. European Union, Lisa Waddington
6. Germany, Valentin Aichele
7. Kenya, Elizabeth Kamundia
8. India, Shreya Atrey
9. Ireland, Eilionoir Flynn
10. Italy, Delia Ferri
11. Mexico, Hezzy Smith and Michael Stein
12. Russia, Dmitri Barteney and Ekaterina Evdokimova
13. Spain, Ignacio Campoy
14. United Kingdom, Anna Lawson and Lucy Series
15. Interpreting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Domestic Courts, Anna Lawson and Lisa Waddington
16. The Domestication of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Domestic Legal Status and Relevance for Case Law, Lisa Waddington
17. Uses of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Domestic Case Law, Anna Lawson
18. The Role of the Judiciary and its Relationship to the CRPD, Lisa Waddington
19. Human Rights Theory and Comparative International Law Scholarship, Christopher McCrudden

Author Information

Lisa Waddington, Professor and European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law, Maastricht University, Anna Lawson, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

Lisa Waddington holds the European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law at the Maastricht Centre for European Law. In 2000, she received an ASPASIA award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Between 2004 and 2007 she coordinated a large EU research and education project on European non-discrimination law. She also coordinated the involvement of Maastricht University in the FP7 European Research Agendas expanding Disability Equality project and the Marie Curie Initial Training Network. She is also a member of both the Ius Commune Research School and the Human Rights Research School. Between 1993 and 2004 she was the editor of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. She is currently a board member of a number of networks and organizations, including the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-discrimination.

Anna Lawson is a professor of law at the University of Leeds where she is also the director of its interdisciplinary Centre for Disability Studies. She co-ordinates the newly established Disability Law Hub which sits within the Law School’s Centre for Law and Social Justice and she is a regular advisor to national and international organizations, including parliaments and governments. Anna is a long-standing member of the co-ordinating team of the European Union’s Academic Network of Experts on Disability. Anna is also an adjunct faculty member for the critical disability studies graduate programme at York University, Toronto, and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, London. In 2016 she was awarded the Bob Hepple Memorial Award by the Equal Rights Trust in recognition of her contribution to equality and human rights.


Valentin Aichele, Head of the National CRDP Monitoring Mechanism, Germany
Ana Laura Aiello, PhD candidate, University of Leeds
Shreya Atrey, Lecturer of Law, University of Bristol
Dmitri Bartenev, PhD candidate, St Petersburg State University
Ignacio Campoy Cervera, Senior Lecturer in Law, University Carlos III of Madrid
Ekaterina Evdokimova, PhD candidate, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Delia Ferri, Lecturer in Law, Maynooth University
Eilinoir Flynn, Senior Lecturer in Law, National University of Ireland
Elizabeth Kamundia, Doctoral Candidate, University of Pretoria
Anna Lawson, Professor of Law, University of Leeds
Oliver Lewis, Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds
Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast
Lucy Series, Research Fellow, Cardiff University
Michael Smith, Research Associate, Harvard Law School
Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
Lisa Waddington, Extroadinary Professor, Maastricht University

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