BBI Supports Launch of African Disability Rights Yearbook at the University of Pretoria

November 6, 2013

BBI supported the launching of the African Disability Rights Yearbook, first African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition and the inaugural African Disability Rights Conference Pretoria, South Africa during the week of November 4, 2013. The Yearbook is the first peer-reviewed journal in the African region to focus on issues at the intersection between disability and human rights against the backdrop of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

BBI’s Janet Lord presented at the conference, drawing on her research and legal advocacy in the Africa region with Professor Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Lord and Stein’s article, Prospects and Practices for CRPD Implementation in Africa featured in the inaugural edition of the African Disability Rights Yearbook, along with research on disability rights issues from across the continent. Lord indicated that a highlight of the week was a keynote address by Justice Zak Yacoob, retired justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and leading disability rights advocate.

The Disability Rights in Africa Conference, entitled, ‘Overcoming obstacles: towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’ was hosted by theCentre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa and brought together legal scholars and researchers from related fields to present papers focused on disability rights within an African context.

More information on the African Disability Rights Yearbook.

For more information about BBI’s research and disability rights advocacy collaborations in the African region, please contact: Janet Lord: jelord02@law.syr.edu