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Course Outline

The course is structured in two Modules.

Module 1 focuses on how disability has been gradually linked with human rights discourses. It also explains how the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reinforced a key paradigm shift with the move from the medical model to the social and rights-based model. The second part of the Module then looks at the application of the Convention to specific areas of implementation such as education and independent living.

Module 2 looks at some fundamental issues of implementation but enriches overall knowledge with regional and national perspectives. Aspects of laws, policies, monitoring and advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities are first framed in general terms and then considered through the lens of case studies, examples and local practice (Kenya, Argentina, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thailand…).

Module 1. Development of disability as a human rights issue at the global level and application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

  • Week 1. Disability as a human rights issue

    12-18 September 2016

    Development of disability as a human rights issue
    Dr. Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis, University of Pretoria

  • Week 2. Adoption of the UN CRPD

    19-25 September 2016

    Understanding the CRPD and its application
    Dr. Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis, University of Pretoria

  • Week 3. Application of the CRPD to selected areas

    19 September - 2 October 2016

    Art.19 on living independently and being included in the community
    Dr. Eilionoir Flynn, National University of Ireland, Galway

    Art.24 on inclusive education
    Prof. Serge Alain Kamga, University of South Africas



Module 2. Laws, policies and monitoring at the regional and national level

  • Week 4. Exploring the links between global, regional and national approaches (focus on Africa and Kenya)

    3-9 October 2016

    Developments and current dilemmas on protecting disability rights at the African regional level
    Prof. Frans Viljoen, University of Pretoria

    Implementation of disability rights in Kenya: progress and present and future challenges
    Ms. Elizabeth Kamundia, University of Pretoria

  • Week 5. Regional perspectives on disability (focus on ASEAN and OAS)

    10-16 October 2016

    Public policy on disability in ASEAN
    Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Mahidol University, Thailand

    Access to justice for persons with disability in OAS
    Dr. Mariano Godachevich, University of San Martin, Buenos Aires; Adviser at the Argentinian Ministry of Justice and Vicepresident of CEDDIS at OAS.

  • Week 6. National laws and monitoring (with the examples of Ireland and BiH)

    17-24 October 2016

    Disability Law and Policy in Ireland and the influence of the EU
    Dr. Eilionoir Flynn, National University of Ireland, Galway

    National implementation and monitoring: The Council for Persons with Disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Mrs. Elvira Beslija, President of the Council for Persons with Disabilities in BiH

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