Sep. 29th, 2014

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Academic/semi-academic discussion on rights of children/disabled people in modern international law came up in passing on Twitter the other day. Since [personal profile] minion_of_tevildo actually knows something about the subject (Thesis here), I asked her for some pointers. On the offchance that they're of use and/or interest to others, here they are:

The Abo Akademi textbook on human rights has chapters on both rights of the child and Disability and Human Rights. Intended as an introductory textbook on human rights for masters students.

Some of the training materials on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities could be of interest (and are freely accessible online):
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/CRPD_TrainingGuide_PTS19_EN%20Accessible.pdf
http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/sites/disalliance.e-presentaciones.net/files/public/files/HI_CRPD_Manual_sept2009_final%5B1%5D.pdf

The International Disability Alliance has a list of links to statements and position papers and their website also has links to other organisations working on these issues. Note that: (a) most of this has a practical rather than academic focus and (b) the position of the IDA (and even more some of its members) on the interpretation of the CRPD is sometimes more what they would like to believe it meant that what the rest of the world thinks it says and means.

The Mental Disability Advocacy Centre is another NGO with some useful stuff on their website. Again their publications are activist rather than academic in approach, but they tend to be good and clear on legal standards and problems (this is one of the organisations that has been responsible for taking cases on mental disability issues to the European Court on Human Rights, so again on the case law they are a very good resource.) http://www.mdac.org/en/resources

Documentation on the Convention on the rights of the child is much more narrowly focused on how to report or reiterating rights rather than discussing the current interpretation. The one thing, that I would point to as a possibly the UNICEF collection of essays for the 25th anniversary of the CRC. From a quick look, I suspect this is a very uncritically pro-UN and pro-UNICEF document, but could still be an interesting starting point and suggest some further directions.

Finally, the General Comments of either of the two Committee's (CRC or CRPD) could be of interest as they give the 'official' expert opinion of how certain standards in international law should be interpreted. The quality of the different comments is a bit variable (particularly for the CRC because they allow others to draft them and just approve the texts as a Committee), but again, if they are not sources the reader has come across could be interesting as a starting point.
CRPD General Comments are at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/GC.aspx
CRC ones at http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/TBSearch.aspx?Lang=en&TreatyID=5&DocTypeID=11

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