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(The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Finland)

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
– Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Jukka Kumpuvuori and Martin Scheinin (eds.)

Published in late-November 2009!

‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Multidisciplinary Perspectives’ traces the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The book offers a number of fresh approaches to disability studies and disability rights by exploring the lives of persons with disabilities from multiple perspectives. It provides the reader with an insightful reading experience on the contemporary topics of disability studies and disability rights.

The book can be utilized as introductory material for anyone who wants to get familiar with disability rights. The book can well serve as material for disability rights teaching and autonomous individual studies.

Please see the Table of Contents below and place your pre-order via e-mail to jukka.kumpuvuori@abo.fi. The pre-order price for the book is 25 € including the book itself and a fixed delivery cost. This price is available only for pre-orders received before 1 December 2009. Beginning from 1 December 2009, the price of the book will be 30 € (inc. delivery). Form of payment: Invoice delivered with the book.



Chapter 1: The Special Reaching for the Universal: Why a Special Convention for Persons with Disabilities?
Jarna Petman

Chapter 2: UN CRPD and the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Pentti Arajärvi


Chapter 3: Treating the Different Ones Differently – a Vehicle for Equality for Persons with Disabilities? Implications of Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Jukka Kumpuvuori and Martin Scheinin

Chapter 4: The Changing Relationship between Disability and Education
Joel Kivirauma and Matti Laitinen

Chapter 5: Teachers’ and Students’ Awareness of and Attitudes towards the Concept of Inclusion Exemplified in Article 24 of the UN CRPD
Jeyaprathaban Sujathamalini

Chapter 6: The Right to “Decent Work” of Persons with Disabilities: Article 27 of the Convention and the Case of Uganda
Edson Ngirabakunzi and Hisayo Katsui


Chapter 7: Towards Participation of Persons with Disabilities from the South: Implications of Article 32 of the Convention
Hisayo Katsui

Chapter 8: Barriers to the Inclusion of Disabled People in Disability Policy-Making in Seven African Countries
Raymond Lang and Ambrose Murangira


Chapter 9: Realizing the Right to Adequate Food for People with Disabilities in Uganda
Emmanuel K. Kanyemibwa

Chapter 10: Achieving Human Security through Political Advocacy: Linking Ugandan and Finnish DPO Advocacy Work to Article 14 of the UN CRPD
Jukka Kumpuvuori and Hisayo Katsui

Chapter 11: Participatory Justice, the UN Disability Human Rights Convention, and the Right to Participate in Sport, Recreation, and Play
Janet E. Lord and Michael Ashley Stein

Chapter 12: Mental Health Law and Human Rights: Evolution, Challenges and the Promise of the New Convention
Michael Perlin and Éva Szeli

Chapter 13: Persons with Deafblindness in Light of International Agreements
Riku Virtanen

Chapter 14: From Devil’s Seed to Disabled God – Disability and the Human Rights Approach on the Bible Studies and Practices of Christian Communities
Amu Urhonen

Chapter 15: Restrictions of Sexual and Reproductive Rights – The Case of Uzbeki Women with Disabilities
Feruza Zagirtdinova


Welcome to Join "Human Rights and Disability" University Course in Finland!!

This is an undergraduate university course (intermediate level) equals to 5 credits. Organiser is the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University (the project members are also lecturers!). It is composed of 18 hours lectures + 4 hours moot court participation.

Time: 30 November – 8 December 2009

Place: Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku), Lecture Room 2. (Exception on 2 December: PharmaCity (Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4 b), Lecture Room 1)

Entry Requirements: Basic knowledge on human rights

Target Audience: Students of Law, Social Sciences or other related fields. Researchers interested in the theme.

NOTE: Observers outside the academic environment, e.g. staff of organisations of persons with disabilities are warmly welcome to apply for observer-status or full participant status. Please send your 1/2 page letter of interest to jukka.kumpuvuori(at)abo.fi by 18.November the latest. Course materials are not distributed to participants with observer status. Observers will not gain study points for attending the course. Observers are allowed to participate only to lecture sessions of the course.

Registration: Please e-mail to jukka.kumpuvuori(at)abo.fi by 18 November the latest. Please indicate in your e-mail if you have any disability-related or other needs you want to be accommodated during the course.

Fee: The course participation is free for Finnish university students. If you are not a student of Finnish Universities, and if you participate fully to the course, you have to pay the fee of 70 Euros. Observers can participate the course for free. Please visit this site and this site for more details.


Monday 30 November

12-14 Introduction of the Course + History of Human Rights and Disability (Hisayo Katsui, Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

14-16 Disability Rights – Global Perspectives (Michael Stein)

16 Handing out the take-home exam (Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

Tuesday 1 December

10-12 Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Context of Disability – an International Perspective (Michael Stein)

13-15 Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Context of Disability – the European Community Perspective (Lisa Waddington)

15-16 Round Table on Equality and Non-Discrimination (Lecturers of the Course & Actors of Local Disability Organisations)

Wednesday 2 December

11-16:30 Seminar on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education (program is available by e-mail.) Organised and sponsored by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

Thursday 3 December

Seminar in Helsinki on Preparation Work of the Finnish Disability Policy (Participation is voluntary. Travel cost is not covered by the course organiser).

Friday 4 December

10-12 Human Rights Based Approach to Disability in Development - Theory and Cases (Hisayo Katsui, Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

13-15 Practical Implications of Human Rights in the Daily Life of a Person with a Disability (Zachary Kaddu and Riku Virtanen)

Monday 7 December

9 E-mail –returns of the take-home exam by 9 a.m.

15 – 18 Preparations for the Moot Court in groups

Tuesday 8 December

10-14 Moot Court + Debriefing of the take-home exam

15 Closing the course

[1] Moot Court is an exercise in which participants take part in simulated court proceedings by drafting briefs and participating in oral argumentation.