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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in PracticeA Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts$
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Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786627.001.0001

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

Oliver Lewis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the adjudicative bodies of the Council of Europe—namely, the European Court of Human Rights (established by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR)) and the European Committee of Social Rights—and outlines their mandates with regard to integrating UN human rights treaties. It analyses how these two bodies have cited the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The dataset was forty-five cases dealt with by the Court and two collective complaints decided by the Committee that cite the CRPD up to 2016. Notwithstanding the relatively small size of the dataset, the conclusions are that the Council of Europe system has yet to engage seriously in the CRPD’s jurisprudential opportunities. The reasons for this cannot be ascertained from a desk-based methodology, and further research is required.

Keywords:   Council of Europe, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), European Court of Human Rights, European Social Charter, international comparative law

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