The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Hope for Progress (La Convention Des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Personnes Handicapees: Un Espoir de Progres)

Développement humain, handicap et changement social, 2009

11 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2008 Last revised: 17 Sep 2009

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 17, 2008

Abstract

This article (in French) is a presentation of the making of the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities. It seeks to show how, even though both law generally, human rights and international law all present themselves as an answer to the difficulties encountered by persons with disability in society, all of the latter have had a role in the social production of disability, by historically legitimizing the exclusion of the disabled from society. It is only through a redefinition of their own categories that human rights and international law can contribute to the reduction of the social and normative obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities. The piece concludes with a few observations on what a treaty such as this one will mean for Canada.

Note: Document in French.

Keywords: disability, disability rights, human rights, international law

JEL Classification: K33, I12

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Hope for Progress (La Convention Des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Personnes Handicapees: Un Espoir de Progres) (September 17, 2008). Développement humain, handicap et changement social, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1275084

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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