Wednesday, March 21, 2007

April 9 Conference on UN Disability Rights Convention

Arlene Kanter passes along this announcement:

Join us on April 9th 2007:


The new UN Disability Rights Convention:

Building support in the United States for

ratification and implementation


On March 30, 2007, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will open for signature and ratification. On April 9, 2007, the disability, human rights, and international development communities will come together to examine the Convention, its guarantees, and its implications for US law and foreign policy. We will consider ways to encourage US government and public support.

The United States is a country that has historically been a world leader in the recognition of disability rights. This conference examines how we can bring about continued US leadership in the international protection of disability rights.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Overview of the new UN Convention on Disability Rights

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Implementation through Domestic Law, Policy & Practice

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Mr. Aryeh Neier, Open Society Institute

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Video presentation: Overcoming Abuses in Orphanages & Institutions

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Implementation through International Advocacy and Development Policy

4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Strategy Session: Seeking U.S. Government & Public Support

6:15 p.m. Reception

For registration information, please visit:

CLE Credit Available


Washington College of Law, American University

Mental Disability Rights International

US International Council on Disability

Syracuse University College of Law Disability and Policy Program of the SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies

Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce

World Institute on Disability

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