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National Council on Disability Report Launch: Accessibility of Overseas Facilities and Programs Funded by the United States
Thursday, March 21st, 12:00 – 1:20pm, WCL Room 402
Examining the Intersections of International Humanitarian Law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – An Expert Roundtable
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:30am – 2:30pm WCL Room 603
Federal Intellectual Property Policy: Accessibility, Copyright and New Technologies: Inaugural Cherry Blossoms Conference
Friday, April 5th, 9am – 5:00pm, WCL 6th Floor Student Lounges
For other upcoming Center events on a range of Human Rights topics click here.
Human Rights Brief Volume 19, Issue 2 (Winter 2012)
The Human Rights Brief, a student-run publication of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, published a thematic issue last year on Human Rights and the Protection of Persons with Disabilities. The issue focused on the rights of persons with disabilities in international law and touched on numerous facets of the tireless campaign by advocates and practitioners to empower persons with disabilities and remove barriers to their full participation in society. Articles include:
The Human Rights Brief publishes three issues per year and also has an online website which is emerging as a premier source of news, analysis and developments in human rights law. It can be accessed at www.hrbrief.org.
Selected Recent Past Events
Mass Shootings and Mental Disability Rights in the United States
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities & Its Impact on Human Rights
Human Rights. Yes! Training On Implementation and Advocacy for the CPD
Above: Juan Ignacio Perez Bello, Facundo Chavez Penillas, and Adalberto Mendez Lopez with Ron McCallum, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
WCL Disability Law Society
The Washington College of Law Disability Law Society (DLS) works to create an open, sustainable, and accessible environment for students to raise awareness of and advocate for disability rights in the WCL community, the neighboring community, the legal profession, and society at large. The DLS organizes and coordinates disability-related and outreach activities, including American Sign Language classes, lunchtime discussions on disability legal topics, and awareness-raising events on disability rights issues around the world. More information on the WCL Disability Law Society and future events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/DisabilityLawSociety
Local Human Rights Lawyering Project: Webinar Series
Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Webinar Series Promotes Integration of Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Center’s Local Human Rights Lawyering Project works to normalize the use of human rights norms into the work of local legal aid attorneys in the United States. As part of its training and technical assistance work, the Project organizes a series of monthly online webinars for staff from legal aid organizations. The webinars are substantive, with a focus on providing in-depth training on how to use human rights law in cases that legal aid attorneys typically deal with on a daily basis. On November 5, 2012, the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project’s monthly webinar focused on HIV/AIDS Law and featured Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director Lauren E. Bartlett and Megan McLemore, Senior Researcher in the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, as presenters. In addition, the Project has developed a Handbook to assist legal aid attorneys to integrate human rights standards in their daily work. One section of the handbook is specifically devoted to the rights of persons with disabilities.