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Disability And Social Rights

Friday, January 29, 2021
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Virtual Event

Friday, January 29, 2021 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST Virtual Event

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar with Professor Michael Ashley Stein entitled: "Disability and Social Rights"

The struggles by persons with disabilities for social and economic justice have been articulated increasingly within a rights framework. The most prominent expression of this strategy was the adoption in 2006 by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a holistic human rights treaty that contains not only civil and political rights, but also recognizes economic and social rights. Such rights are essential for the more than one billion persons with disabilities worldwide, eighty percent of whom live in the developing world and regularly experience material and social exclusion. These challenges are equally present within developed countries, for example the unemployment rate in the United States among working age adults with disabilities is currently nearing eighty percent. The turn towards international human rights raises a number of questions and challenges: How is disability social rights accommodated within moral and political theory? How does disability theory dovetail with existing and potential social rights theory, jurisprudence, and practice? How are international disability rights and norms translated into diverse social, economic, and cultural contexts? What are the key obstacles and dilemmas to the implementation of disability social rights? What potential opportunities and restrictions might arise from pursuing justice through disability social rights?

Professor Michael Ashley Stein is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School since 2005. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on disability law and policy, Dr Stein participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; works with disabled peoples’ organizations and non-governmental organizations around the world; actively consults with governments on their disability laws and policies; advises a number of UN bodies and national human rights institutions; and has brought landmark disability rights litigation globally. For additional information, see: 

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This event is co-sponsored by the Research Group on Economic and Social Rights, the Human Rights Institute, and the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights.


Alyssa Webb,

Human Rights Institute (primary), Dodd Human Rights Impact, UConn Master Calendar

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