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From United Nations Consensus to State Implementation: How An International Convention May Impact the Rights of People with Disabilities


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WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2007) -- From United Nations Consensus to State Implementation: How An International Convention May Impact the Rights of People with Disabilities.

On April 9, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Washington College of Law at American University will host two panel discussions on the recently drafted United Nations Convention on the Rights of People Living with Disabilities. The convention, which was completed in August 2006, will be open for signature and ratification in Spring 2007. This program will be a timely examination of the issues and perspectives that shaped the drafting of the convention, and the future implications of the international treaty. The first panel will consider the drafting process, including how agreement was reached on the various aspects of the treaty, how priorities were identified, who played a role in drafting the agreement, how the convention will expand upon current laws pertaining to persons living with disability (and what types of disabilities), and the advisory role the U.S. played, despite its reluctance to sign the treaty. The second panel will consider in greater detail the provisions of the treaty, and how various articles will impact the rights and lives of people with disabilities. In particular, the panel may consider Articles 12 (equal recognition before the law) and 13 (access to justice), and the implication for individuals with mental disabilities.

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