Embracing the New Disability Rights Paradigm: The Importance of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Disability and Society, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2012

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 Last revised: 13 Apr 2013

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Paul Harpur

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Date Written: July 29, 2011

Abstract

In 2008 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) commenced operation. The CRPD has created a dynamic new disability rights paradigm which empowers disability peoples organizations and creates a new paradigm for disability scholars. This paper analyses the impact of the CRPD and provides practical guidance as to how this convention can be used to drive change. Prior to this convention, persons with disabilities were protected by a range of general human rights conventions. Despite receiving nominal protection under general human rights conventions, persons with disabilities have had many of their human rights denied to them. The CRPD goes further than merely re-stating rights. It creates a new rights discourse, empowers civil society and renders human rights more obtainable for person with disabilities than any time in history.

Keywords: Disability, CRPD, UN

Suggested Citation

Harpur, Paul David and Bales, Richard A., Embracing the New Disability Rights Paradigm: The Importance of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (July 29, 2011). Disability and Society, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898472

Paul David Harpur (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
United States
419-772-2205 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://law.onu.edu/node/3073

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