International Disability Human Rights Research Network

A platform for disability researchers around the world to link with key human rights organisations and with the voice of people with disability and pursue research that relates to the exercise and realisation of the rights guaranteed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Disability Human Rights Research Network was established by DRI Academic Convenor Anna Arstein-Kerslake in January 2016 at a workshop in Bochum, Germany. The network’s preliminary committee held a follow-up meeting during the United Nations Social Forum in Geneva in October. The meetings and events were made possible through a University of Melbourne International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) Workshop Grant and an International Collaboration Fund (ICF) Grant from Melbourne Law School.

The purpose of the network is to provide a platform for disability rights researchers to link with key human rights organisations and with the voice of people with disabilities to spur research that is directly responsive to rights violations discovered by human rights bodies, such as the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will also allow researchers to listen to the voice of people with disabilities through direct interaction with organisations led by people with disabilities.

Network partners and affiliates include the University of Melbourne, the University of California, Berkeley (USA), NALSAR University (India), National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum (Germany), the University of Iceland (Iceland) the University of Leeds (UK), and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Members of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have also attended meetings and provided input on network activities.

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