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date: 28 October 2020

Nothing About Us Without Us: The UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilitieslocked

  • Paul HarpurPaul HarpurSenior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, the University of Queensland, Australia; International Visiting Fellow, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland, Galway; Distinguished International Visiting Fellow, Burton Blatt Institute, College of Law, Syracuse University, New York


Persons with disabilities, the world’s largest minority group, have experienced oppression and have been excluded from participating in public affairs for most of human history. The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities arguably represents a turning point in the voice persons with disabilities have in the formation and implementation of international and domestic laws and policies. The Ad Hoc Committee realized the clarion call “nothing about us without us” both during the debates and in the formation of a convention that continues the voice of persons with disabilities and their representative bodies in the early 21st century.


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Institutions

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