UN Launch of Dr. Eilionóir Flynn’s Book From Rhetoric to Action

Human Rights in Ireland regular contributor Dr. Eilionóir Flynn’s book entitled “From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” was launched yesterday at the United Nations.    The book (published by Cambridge University Press) is a global comparative study of implementation and monitoring mechanisms for national disability strategies.  It comprises a comparative study that was conducted at international, regional, and comparative country levels and highlights critical success factors in implementing disability strategies or action plans worldwide.  The book is amongst a growing body of literature on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).  It explores emerging synergies between what is required to implement principles of international law contained in the Convention and what is possible to achieve through national policy and systems development.  The Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway ran a one-day international conference on the theme of the book last December.  A video of the proceedings of that conference is available here.

Eilionóir book identifies a number of critical success factors for implementing and monitoring strategies – these include leadership from government and civil society, participation of disabled people in implementation and monitoring, transparency and accountability in reporting on progress, independent monitoring and external review, and the ability to measure progress with indicators of disability equality.  This book is very timely as many countries have ratified the Convention or in the process of doing so and this book contributes to the core comparative knowledge to drive that process.  It is essential reading for anyone interested in disability law and policy.  It will be particularly useful to activists, policy makers, researchers, academics, NGOs and practitioners.

The Table of Contents is as follows:

  1. Comparative international trends in disability law and policy;
  2. Regional perspectives on disability strategies and action plans;
  3. Comparative country evaluation: a snapshot of approaches to national disability strategies;
  4. Success factors in delivering a national disability strategy – lessons from international and comparative experience;
  5. Identifying the golden threads in Irish disability law and policy;
  6. Achieving Ireland’s national disability strategy – a case study in implementation and monitoring at domestic level;
  7. Showcasing domestic progress and achieving international standards;
  8. Structural ingredients for furthering national disability strategies;
  9. Measuring progress in achieving aims of national disability strategies – key success factors.
UN Launch of Dr. Eilionóir Flynn’s Book From Rhetoric to Action

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability will hold a six-day Summer School from 6 – 11 June in Galway.  Information on how to register for the Summer School is available here.   The Summer School aims to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.   The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts and others.   The Faculty includes senior academics, practitioners and policy makers from around the world who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention and includes Human Rights in Ireland’s Dr Eilionoir Flynn.  The Faculty also includes Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Law School Project on Disability), Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland), Michael Bach (Inclusion International), Eric Rosenthal (Disability Rights International), Andrea Coomber (Interights, London), Gauthier de Beco (Associate Researcher at University of Louvain), Christian Courtis, (Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights), Sir Michael Wood Continue reading “Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June”

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June