An Eye Toward Effective Enforcement: A Technical-Comparative Approach to the CRPD Negotiations

HUMAN RIGHTS & DISABILITY ADVOCACY, Sabatello & Schulze, eds., Penn. University Press, 2013

27 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2011 Last revised: 9 Jan 2014

Date Written: September 14, 2011

Abstract

The unprecedented level of civil society participation that took place in the drafting of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) constitutes a major key to its success -- laying a solid foundation for the much longer and harder process of implementation ahead. This piece addresses how one civil society organization -- Disability Rights International (DRI) -- approached the negotiation process. Part I explains the strategic approach DRI adopted, highlighting its methodology, the guiding principles it embraced, and the resulting strategies of engagement it pursued. Part II turns to some of the key substantive issues DRI focused on in its interventions and advocacy before the Ad Hoc Committee. Part III concludes with a brief reflection on the CRPD, the ultimate efficacy of DRI's approach, and the road ahead.

Keywords: disability, human rights, treaties, civil society, participation, disability rights, international regimes

Suggested Citation

Melish, Tara J., An Eye Toward Effective Enforcement: A Technical-Comparative Approach to the CRPD Negotiations (September 14, 2011). HUMAN RIGHTS & DISABILITY ADVOCACY, Sabatello & Schulze, eds., Penn. University Press, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1927381

Tara J. Melish (Contact Author)

SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
525 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
(716) 645-2257 (Phone)

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