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Disability Rights in Europe

From Theory to Practice

Editor(s): Anna Lawson, Caroline Gooding
Media of Disability Rights in Europe
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Published: 15-05-2005
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 368
ISBN: 9781847310804
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Essays in European Law
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About Disability Rights in Europe

This book is based on a conference organised jointly by the editors to mark the European Year of Disabled People. It explores the range of legal strategies which have been adopted,both nationally and internationally, to achieve equality for disabled people and facilitate their inclusion into mainstream society. It examines current developments in anti-discrimination law, both within Member States and at EU level. It also assesses the effectiveness and potential of the human rights framework for disabled Europeans. In addition, a number of approaches to the enforcement and promotion of disability rights are considered.

Contributors to this book, drawn from across Europe, represent a variety of different backgrounds. They include leading academics in the field, as well as campaigners and others working to improve or enforce disability-related legislation. The book is a unique and timely contribution to an important and rapidly expanding field of study. It will be of relevance to all those, whether lawyers or not, with an interest in disability and equality issues.

Table Of Contents

Part 1: Preliminary
Foreword: B Massey; Chapter 1:A Lawson and C Gooding,Introduction
Part 2: Human Rights
Chapter 2:R Light, Disability and Human Rights: The Persistent Oxymoron; Chapter 3:L Clements and J Read, The Dog That Didn't Bark: The Issue of Access to Rights under the European Convention on Human Rights by Disabled People; Chapter 4: O De Schutter, Reasonable Accommodations and Positive Obligations in the European Convention on Human Rights; Chapter 5: I Cram, Hate Speech and Disabled People: Some Comparative Constitutional Thoughts
Part 3: Anti-Discrimination Laws
Chapter 6: T Degener, Disability Discrimination Law: A Global Comparative Approach; Chapter 7: L Waddington, Implementing the Disability Provisions of the Framework Employment Directive: Room for Exercising National Discretion; Chapter 8: C Gooding and C Casserley, Open for All? Disability Discrimination Laws in Europe Relating to Goods and Services; Chapter 9:J Schoonheim and D Ruebain, Reflections on Inclusion and Accommodation in Childhood Education: From International Standard Setting to National Implementation
Part 4: Achieving Equality Through Law?
Chapter 10: A Hendriks, Promoting Disability Equality after the Treaty of Amsterdam: New Legal Directions and Practical Expansion Strategies; Chapter 11: S Fredman, Does Disability Equality Challenge the Existing Anti-Discrimination Paradigm?; Chapter 12: C O'Cinneide, A New Generation of Equality Legislation? Positive Duties and Disability Rights; Chapter 13: N O'Brien, The UK Disability Rights Commission and Strategic Law Enforcement: Transcending the Common Law Mind; Chapter 14: A Lawson, Mind the Gap! Normality, Difference and the Danger of Disablement Through Law


“...a quality collection of papers..The volume's strengths are the diversity of disability rights advocates that it draws upon, and the nice overview they provide on the topic…this is an informative and worthwhile collection.” –  Professor Michael Ashley Stein, NYU European Law Books Website also World Trade Review

“This book is an essential reference text for anyone interested in European disability law – its past and its future.” –  Gerard Quinn, Common Market Law Review, Vol 44, No 2

“…a significant and original contribution to the existing literature, and it will undoubtedly become an important work of reference in this field…” –  Mark Bell, Industrial Law Journal, Volume 35/1

“This is a quality collection of papers…The volume's strengths are the diversity of disability rights advocates that it draws upon, and the nice overview they provide on the topic…this is an informative and worthwhile collection.” –  Professor Michael Ashley Stein, European Law Books

“ interesting series of essays exploring the key concepts of discrimination law...It is a stimulating and thought-provoking read for anyone seeking to develop their understanding of disability discrimination law.” –  Gay Moon, Discrimination Law Association Briefings, Vol 25

“...provides an interesting overview and starting point for reflection and further investigation.” –  Jill Stavert, SCOLAG Legal Journal

“…thought-provoking, eminently readable...provides an invaluable resource for those involved in campaigning, researching and teaching disability discrimination issues.” –  Dr David McArdle, University of Stirling, The Cambrian Law Review, Vol 36

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