The Disabilities Convention: Towards a Holistic Concept of Rights

International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 12, No. 261, 2008

19 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2008

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 13, 2008

Abstract

Whilst obviously of prime importance for persons with disabilities, the new United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should also be of utmost interest for the construction and conceptualization of human rights generally. This article explores the Convention from the point of view of general human rights. Specifically, it argues that because of the irreducibility of persons with disabilities' rights experience, the Convention is led to comprehensively ignore a number of founding and traditional dichotomies of international human rights law. In the process, it ends up producing a fuller concept of the subject of human rights, and a more holistic view of the idea of rights.

Keywords: disability, disabilities, human rights, united nations, holistic

JEL Classification: K33, I12

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, The Disabilities Convention: Towards a Holistic Concept of Rights (September 13, 2008). International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 12, No. 261, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1267726

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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