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Online Mental Disability Law Education, a Disability Rights Tribunal, and the Creation of an Asian Disability Law Database: Their Impact on Research, Training and Teaching of Law, Criminology Criminal Justice in Asia


Michael L. Perlin


New York Law School

Heather Cucolo


New York Law School

Yoshikazu Ikehara


Tokyo Advocacy Law Office

December 5, 2012

Asian Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013
NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12/13 #35

Abstract:     
Two professors at New York Law School (NYLS) and the director of the Tokyo Advocacy Law Office are engaged in initiatives with the potential to have major influences on the study of law, criminology, and criminal justice: the creation of a Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific (DRTAP), and expansion of NYLS’s online mental disability law program (OMDLP) to include numerous Asian venues.

DRTAP seeks to create a sub-regional body (a Commission and eventually a Court) to hear violations of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This will explicitly inspire scholarship about issues such as treatment of forensic patients, relationships between mental disability and criminal law enforcement, and connections between mental disability and criminal procedure.

NYLS’s OMDLP offers 13 courses to criminologists and criminal justice scholars and will host DRICAP (Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific), providing Internet access to important disability rights developments from at least ten nations in the Asia/Pacific region. We believe that this program has the potential to have a significant impact on how criminal law, criminal justice, criminology are taught and studied in all of Asia.

This paper first discusses the development of distance learning, online legal education in this context, next describes the NLYS courses and the DRTAP project, explains their significance to the Asian legal advocacy/criminology/criminal justice communities, and shows how these ventures can foster new research, training and teaching initiatives in this area.

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Keywords: online education, mental disability law, criminal law, tribunals, criminal procedure, criminal justice, criminology, international human rights law

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Date posted: December 6, 2012  

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Perlin, Michael L. and Cucolo, Heather and Ikehara, Yoshikazu, Online Mental Disability Law Education, a Disability Rights Tribunal, and the Creation of an Asian Disability Law Database: Their Impact on Research, Training and Teaching of Law, Criminology Criminal Justice in Asia (December 5, 2012). Asian Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12/13 #35. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2184448

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Michael L. Perlin (Contact Author)
New York Law School ( email )
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States
212-431-2183 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.nyls.edu/bios/perlin.html
Heather Cucolo
New York Law School ( email )
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States
Yoshikazu Ikehara
Tokyo Advocacy Law Office ( email )
3-18-11-501 Hongo Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo
Japan
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