Disability and Human Rights Initiative

The Disability and Human Rights Initiative was established in 2012 in recognition of the need for an interdisciplinary forum in the Faculty of Law to engage with one of the most pertinent human rights issues of the 21st century.


The Initiative consists of an annual seminar series. Events in the series explore compelling issues in disability with a focus on law and policy in keeping with the Faculty of Law’s tradition of analysis, scholarship and promotion of human rights and social justice. To learn more about upcoming and past events in the series, please visit our Events and Past Events pages.

Disability and Human Rights Initiative Reports

Disability and Human Rights Initiative - Reflections and Insights

The initiative has successfully served as a platform for sharing knowledge and good practices among academics, policy makers, advocates, activists, and members of the disability community. Active participation from members of the disability community has brought a rich experiential dimension to the discussions. We have been creative in integrating performance arts, multi-media, and other forms of expression into the series. In six years, our efforts have resulted in creating a community of scholars and advocates in Montreal and Canada, as well as a growing network of partners. We hope to continue to build on our work with our partners and aspire to expand our international network through the internship and the DRSP programs.

PDF icon Disability and Human Rights Initiative - 2012-2018 Review

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In April 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) published its concluding observations on the initial report of Canada. In advance of the Committee's meeting, the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism published a shadow report examining the current state of protection of the right to legal capacity for persons with disabilities in Canada, and offering recommendations.

File CHLRP report submitted to the UN CRPD, April 2017

Microsoft Office document icon UN CRPD - Concluding observations on the initial report of Canada, April 2017

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