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Disability in Refugee Populations

THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF REFUGEES WITH DISABILITIES: FORGOTTEN AND INVISIBLE?, M. Crock, L. Smith-Khan, R. McCallum, B. Saul, Edward Elgar, UK, 2017

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 17/75

15 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2017  

Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School

Laura Smith-Khan

The University of Sydney Law School

Ronald McCallum

The University of Sydney Law School

Ben Saul

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: September 11, 2017

Abstract

Natural disasters, wars and other forms of human conflict have caused death and disabilities since the beginning of human existence. However, such disasters affect different people in different ways. This chapter of The Legal Protection of Refugees with Disabilities introduces the themes at the centre of this book: how international law and state practice does (or should) accommodate experiences of disability amongst people who have been forcibly displaced. We explain our approach, which is closely informed by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and provide an overview of each of the book’s chapters. Our research confirms that disability is never just about an individual’s physical, psycho-social or other type of impairment. Rather, disability results from the interaction of personal attributes and social, legal and environment context – something which is very clear in the complex and challenging situations faced by refugees and other forced migrants.

Keywords: Disability, displacement, refugee, CRPD, functioning, capabilities

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Crock, Mary Elizabeth and Smith-Khan, Laura and McCallum, Ronald and Saul, Ben, Disability in Refugee Populations (September 11, 2017). THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF REFUGEES WITH DISABILITIES: FORGOTTEN AND INVISIBLE?, M. Crock, L. Smith-Khan, R. McCallum, B. Saul, Edward Elgar, UK, 2017; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 17/75. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035150

Mary Crock

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Laura Smith-Khan (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Ronald McCallum

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
+61 2 9351 0252 (Phone)

Ben Saul

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/about/staff/BenSaul/index.shtml

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