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International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law
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International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law: When the Silenced are Heard

Michael L. Perlin


Society is largely blind to the ongoing violations of international human rights law in the context of the institutional commitment and treatment of persons with mental disabilities. Notwithstanding a robust set of international law principles, standards, and doctrines, people with mental disabilities live in some of the harshest conditions that exist in any society. The recent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities forces all nations to take seriously these issues, and the conditions that are faced on a daily basis by persons worldwide who are ... More

Keywords: international human rights law, sanism, mental disability law, United Nations, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, pretextuality, dignity, antidiscrimination law, therapeutic jurisprudence, right to counsel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael L. Perlin, author
New York Law School
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