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Defying Conventions: Challenges to monitoring the disability convention in the UK




12.30 pm to 2.15 pm. Seminar starts at 1pm

This seminar focuses on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its domestic application in the UK. It considers the ways in which the disability Convention constitutes a new kind of human rights Convention, and the impact this has on our understandings of disabled people’s rights and human value.

It will then turn to discuss the approach that civil society is taking to monitor compliance of the Convention in the UK and how this model defies the usual conventions of monitoring in the UK. Finally, it explores the future challenges that civil society will face in monitoring and influencing the domestic realisation of the Convention rights.
Marc Bush has an academic and research background in sociological research and a long-standing interest in disability issues, in particular constructions of challenging social behaviour, mental issues, adolescence and human value. Marc has advised organisations on approaches to social change, social action and prospective policy analysis. He has contributed to numerous parliamentary, Governmental and Non-Departmental Public Body reviews into services for disabled people.

Marc has led a number of research and policy influencing projects that focus on human rights and the position of disabled people within contemporary British society. Marc is also the trustee of a small children’s rights organisation in England

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12.00am - 12.00amTuesday 7th December 2010