Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 12 - Oct 24, 2016

Duration:

6 weeks

Commitment:

5 hrs/week

Requirement:

See description

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Certificate (free)

Description

More than a billion people in the world experience disability. Yet, they are often invisible and face challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights. How can laws, policies and praxis recognize them on an equal basis with others? Where can we find successful examples and opportunities to respond to these challenges?

This online course provides the knowledge and skills participants need to answer such questions. Module 1 looks at the development of disability as a human rights issue at the global level and the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in areas such as education and independent living. Module 2 enriches implementation issues with national perspectives, from Ireland to Argentina, from Kenya to Thailand.

Topics covered include:

Module 1

  • Week 1: Disability as a human rights issue at the global level
  • Week 2: Adoption of the UNCRPD
  • Week 3: Application of the UNCRPD to selected areas

Module 2

  • Week 4: Exploring the links between global, regional and national approaches (focus on Africa and Kenya)
  • Week 5: Regional perspectives on disability (focus on ASEAN and OAS)
  • Week 6: National laws and monitoring (with the examples of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Previous study of International Law, Politics and Human Rights may facilitate the learning.

To earn the certificate, participation in 4 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes is required.

Objectives

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the development of disability as a human rights issue.
  • Recognize and apply human rights standards related to disability from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to national instruments.
  • Appreciate the rights of persons with disabilities from a comparative perspective.
  • Relate theoretical concepts and approaches regarding non-discrimination and equality to specific case studies, with particular attention on intersectional discrimination.

Course Instructors

Frans Viljoen

Frans Viljoen

Professor

Prof. Viljoen is a professor of law in the Faculty of Law and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, which led the design of the course. Read More.

Previously he was the academic coordinator for the LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). He is an internationally recognised researcher and the recipient of the Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Exceptional Achiever Award at the University of Pretoria. He is the editor of the African Human Rights Law Reports and the African Human Rights Law Journal.

Sriprapha Petcharamesree

Sriprapha Petcharamesree

Instructor

Dr. Petcharamesree is a full-time faculty member at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand.Read More.

Since the 1990s she has been active in the human rights field both among the academic community and human rights advocates/activists at national, regional and international levels. Between 2009 and 2012 she served as the Thai Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. She is Co-Chair of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism advocating for effective regional human rights system in ASEAN.

Elizabeth Kamundia

Elizabeth Kamundia

Instructor

Ms. Kamundia is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pretoria and works as a consultant on disability rights with Users and Survivors of Psychiatry – Kenya, and the Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped.Read More.

She has held various legal researcher positions including with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy of the National University of Ireland, Galway; Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review (Kenya). Ms. Kamundia is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Serges Djoyou Kamga

Serges Djoyou Kamga

Instructor

Prof. Kamga is Associate Professor at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa. Read More.

He holds an LLD from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. His areas of interest include the African Renaissance, development and human rights, and disability rights and he has published extensively on these topics. Prof. Kamga is also a co-editor of the African Disability Rights Yearbook.

Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis

Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis

Instructor

Dr. Grobbelaar-du Plessis is a senior lecturer and holds the degrees BIuris LLB LLM LLD from the University of Pretoria. Read More.

She has lectured in the Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria since 2004. Her main areas of interest are constitutional law, human rights and disability law. She is co-editor of the African Disability Rights Yearbook and co-edited Aspects of Disability Law in Africa (2011) with Prof TP van Reenen.

Mariano Godachevich

Mariano Godachevich

Instructor

Dr. Mariano Godachevich is a lawyer (University of Buenos Aires), lecturer (Latin American Programme on Human Rights and Democratisation, University of San Martin) and author specialized in disability rights. Read More.

He is an advisor of the National Programme for Persons with Disabilities in their Relationship with the Administration of Justice (ADAJUS) at the Ministry of Justice in Argentina. Since 2014 he is Vice President of the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (CEDDIS) of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Eilionóir Flynn

Eilionóir Flynn

Instructor

Dr. Flynn is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), National University of Ireland, Galway. Read More.

She is the Principal Investigator on a research projects in the fields of access to justice, active citizenship and disability (DISCIT), and legal capacity reform (PERSON). She has supported the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in preparing a draft General Comment on Article 12. She has published widely and is the author of two monographs published by Cambridge University Press and Ashgate.

Elvira Beslija

Elvira Beslija

Instructor

Mrs. Elvira Bešlija graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in 1982. Read More.

She is one of the founders of the Association for Paraplegics where she works as Secretary General since 1980. She is the president of the Council for the Persons with Disabilities in BiH and the president of the Union of the Organizations for the Persons with Disabilities in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH). She is editor in chief of the journal “Paraplegia and Us” and former director of the paraplegics sports games in BiH.