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The UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities And European Disability Law: A Catalyst For Cohesion?

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This chapter focuses on the question of whether the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) might act as a catalyst to the development of a more comprehensive and cohesive European approach. It highlights the broad disability policy frameworks operating within the EC and the Council of Europe. The chapter then examines the extent to which the principle of inclusion is reflected in EC, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and European Social Charter (ESC) law. It addresses the extent to which the concept of reasonable accommodation has been accepted in the law emerging from these three sources. The chapter finally addresses the material scope of current EC disability equality law and compares this with the coverage of the ECHR and the ESC. The impact of the CRPD will be considered throughout.

Keywords: CRPD; European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); European Disability law; European Social Charter (ESC)



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