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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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(p.186) 7 India
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

Shreya Atrey

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an expository account of Indian appellate courts’ engagement with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the developing case law on disability rights. As a dualist State, India has ratified but not incorporated the CRPD into its domestic law. This has not deterred frequent references to the CRPD in litigation at the highest level. The appellate courts—High Courts and the Supreme Court—have resorted to the CRPD in diverse ways. The analysis of the small but not insignificant body of case law shows that these instances can be classified into two broad themes of ‘citation’ and ‘interpretation’. In the final analysis, the overall impact of references to the CRPD can be considered largely positive but still modest in the absence of new legislation embracing the human rights framework and social model of the CRPD in India.

Keywords:   India, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), court judgments, courts, disability rights, dualist

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