BBI and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability Launch International Election Access Law and Practice Project with publication based on field work in 15 countries

April 4, 2014

male polling station

Male polling station                                                            

BBI human rights and inclusive development fellow, Janet Lord, teamed with Professor Michael Stein and of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability to document election access law, policy and good practices consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The first result of their collaboration appears in the latest edition of Human Rights in Practice.  Next month, their work on the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political life in Europe will appear in the Harvard International Law Journal (article available for download below).

BBI staff have worked across the United States and around the world to enhance election access for persons with disabilities. BBI staff are working with election management bodies to train election administrators on election access law and practices, training disabled peoples organizations and other civil society groups to advocate for inclusion in all phases of the electoral cycle and are working with law schools around the world to review constitutions, assess electoral codes and regulations and examine the complex interrelationship between electoral law and other legislation that impacts the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political life.  In India, BBI’s Deepti Raja Samant is working with civil society organizations and election officials to enhance the participation of women with disabilities in the electoral process. 

voters in line

Voters in line

Facilitating an Equal Right to Vote for Persons with Disabilities [PDF]
by Janet Lord, Michael Stein and Janos Fiala-Butora

The Democratic Life of the Union: Toward Equal Voting Participation for Europeans with Disabilities [PDF]
by Janos Fiala-Butora, Michael Stein and Janet Lord

For participatory human rights education materials on election access for persons with disabilities, see: www.humanrightsyes.org

For the work of our partner, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, see:  www.hpod.org