BBI's Janet Lord contributes to Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism

June 02, 2014

Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism has been published by Ashgate, edited by Michael Gill (Grinnel College) and Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut).  The volume is a collection of essays that challenge the received paradigm of intervention on behalf of person with disabilities as charity and benevolent handouts by humanitarian do-gooders.  Drawing on disability studies and disability rights approaches, the volume challenges the received paradigm and poses important critiques of paternalistic humanitarianism that works to reinforce the marginalization and oppression of persons with disabilities.  BBI’s Janet Lord is a contributor to the volume and her essay, Persons with Disabilities in International Humanitarian Law – Paternalism, Protection or Rights?, considers how international humanitarian law casts certain populations as uniquely vulnerable and in need of protection and exposes the vexed connection between war, disability and human rights. In so doing, it analyzes legal frames deployed to protect militarized and civilian non-combatants, considering the implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for traditional rendering of international humanitarian law.

About the Editor: Michael Gill is faculty member in women's, gender and sexuality studies at Grinnell College, USA. Cathy Schlund-Vials is Associate Professor in English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut in the USA.

Reviews: ‘The essays in this excellent book are adept at showing how the victimization of the disabled is produced and legitimated through constructions of the disabled body as both threat and moral obligation. These writers consistently challenge the clichés that dominate thinking about disability by negotiating the shoals of both social realism and posthumanist triumphalism in ways that will open up these issues for a wide range of scholars and students.’ - Terry Rowden, The City University of New York, USA

More information and Extracts from this title are available to view on the Publisher's website