A Regional Disability Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific: Helping to Change the Conversation?

20 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2010

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Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October 5, 2010

Abstract

A proposal has been advanced for the establishment of a regional disability rights tribunal to cover the Asian and Pacific region (DR-TAP), the only part of the world currently lacking regional human rights machinery. This paper begins to unpack some of the issues associated with the social policy choices involved in prioritising different possible approaches to the needs of disabled people in Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on the DR-TAP proposal. It is argued that this is not the top priority for regional action; rather it is contended that capacity building and culturally appropriate attitudinal and other change strategies should instead be pursued in the immediate future.

Keywords: disability rights, Asian and Pacific region, human rights & basic services, socio-economic rights, development & capacity-building

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Carney AO, Terry, A Regional Disability Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific: Helping to Change the Conversation? (October 5, 2010). Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/92. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1688146

Terry Carney AO (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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