5 April 2013

Interdisciplinary collection of essays: Disability and Universal Human Rights

Disability and Universal Human Rights

Dr. Joel Anderson (Philosophy) and dr. Jos Philips (Philosophy/Ethics Institute) published an edited collection entitled Disability and Universal Human Rights: Legal, Ethical, and Conceptual Implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This interdisciplinary collection of essays takes up pressing philosophical, legal, and practical issues raised by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the ongoing process of its implementation.

The CRPD, adopted by the UN in 2008, is an ambitious document with far-reaching and fundamental implications. It provides a landmark articulation of the universality of human rights. The CRPD affirms in strong terms that all human beings have a claim to full inclusion and equal participation in society – something denied to many because of disability.

The collection of essays combines clear legal and philosophical overviews with ground-breaking conceptual analyses, and aims to advance the academic debate about human rights and disability. It will serve as a useful resource for policymakers, ethicists, disability activists, jurists, and all those interested in the human rights of persons with disabilities. The book grew out of a project with the Research Focus Area ‘Conflicts and Human Rights’ and was published under the auspices of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (Utrecht).

An electronic version of the book is available for free. Contributors are Jackie Leach Scully, Marcus Düwell, Jenny Goldschmidt, Sigrid Graumann, Caroline Harnacke, Jan Vorstenbosch, Esther van Weele, Joel Anderson, and Jos Philips.