Challenging the United States Position on a United Nations Convention on Disability

24 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2006

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Sally Chaffin

affiliation not provided to SSRN; University of Cincinnati - College of Law


In 2003, the United States announced that it had no intention of becoming a party to the forthcoming United Nations treaty on disability rights. This article explores the rationale behind the reasons proffered for the United States' decision: examining first the U.S. record and general stance on human rights treaties, then the contention that disability is a matter for domestic policy, and finally, the belief that U.S. disability policy is sufficiently comprehensive, precluding the need to adopt a convention. The article concludes that the reasons offered by the United States for not participating in a convention on disability rights do not seem to be the product of sincere investigation or reflection and encourages U.S. support for the convention.

Keywords: disability law, international law, human rights treaty

JEL Classification: K33, K19

Suggested Citation

Chaffin, Sally and Chaffin, Sally, Challenging the United States Position on a United Nations Convention on Disability. Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Vol. 15, p. 121, Fall 2005, Available at SSRN:

Sally Chaffin (Contact Author)

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