1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Disability Law and Human Rights

Edited By Peter Blanck, Eilionóir Flynn Copyright 2017
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This handbook provides a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of the current and emerging research and policy on disability law.

    Bringing together a team of respected and experienced experts, the handbook offers a range of jurisdictional and multidisciplinary perspectives. The authors consider historical and contemporary, as well as comparative perspectives of disability law. Divided into three parts, the contributors provide a comprehensive reference to the theoretical underpinnings, ongoing debates and emerging fields within the subject. The study provides a strong basis for consideration of contemporary disability law, its research foundations, and progressive developments in the area. The book incorporates interdisciplinary and comparative country perspectives to capture the breadth of current discourse on disability law.

    This handbook provides a valuable resource for a wide range of scholars, public and private researchers, NGOs, and practitioners working in the area of disability law, and across national and transnational disability schemes. The work will be of important interest to those in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, economics, political science, rehabilitation sciences, medicine, technology, and law, among others.

    1. Theoretical Underpinnings of Disability Law

    2. Section I

      1. The Social Model of Disability: Questions for Law and Legal Scholarship?

      Anna Lawson & Mark Priestley

      2. Beyond the Welfare State – What Next for the European Social Model?

      Bjørn Hvinden

      3. A Human Rights Model of Disability

      Theresia Degener

    3. Ongoing Debates in Disability Law

    4. Section II Introduction

      4. Today’s Lesson is on Diversity

      Rosemary Kayess & Jennifer Green

      5. Equality of Opportunity in Employment? Disability Rights and Active Labour

      Market Policies

      Lisa Waddington & Mark Priestley & Betul Yalcin

      6. Disabled People and Access to Justice: From Disablement to Enablement?

      Anna Lawson

      7. Hit and Miss: Procedural Accommodations Ensuring the Effective Access of

      People with Mental Disabilities to the European Court of Human Rights

      Constantin Cojocariu

      8. Toward Inclusion: Political and Social Participation of People with Disabilities

      Lisa Schur

    5. Emerging Fields in Disability Law

    Section III Introduction

    9. Legal Capacity: A Global Analysis of Reform Trends

    Lucy Series, Anna Arstein-Kerslake & Elizabeth Kamundia

    10. Back to the Future? Article 19 and the Nordic Experience of Independent Living

    and Personal Assistance

    Ciara Brennan

    11. eQuality: The Right to the Web

    Peter Blanck

    12. Disability and Ageing: Bridging the Divide? Social Constructions and Human Rights

    Eilionòir Flynn

    13. Disability and Genetics – New Forms of Discrimination?

    Aisling dePaor

    14. Inclusive Development Aid

    Mary Keogh

    15. Disability Family Policy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of

    Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): The Case of Israel

    Arie Rimmerman and Michal Soffer


    Peter Blanck is University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, USA. He is also Honorary Professor, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Blanck is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), and President of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. He has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, and received grants to study disability law and policy.

    Eilionóir Flynn is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway. Her interest in disability law stems from a broader interest in social justice and a recognition of the invisibility of people with disabilities in broader human rights discourse. Her current research interests in this field include legal capacity, disability advocacy and access to justice, and she has published widely in national and international peer reviewed journals on these issues, as well as producing a monograph on the implementation of the CRPD for Cambridge University Press.