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2012 Weaver Institute Symposium

Title:Something about us without us? Global trends in Legal Capacity Under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Date: October 3, 2011
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Stratford Heights

Application for CLE credit has been submitted. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Cheryl DelVecchio at

About the Symposium

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century, and the first legally binding international instrument to protect the globe’s six hundred and fifty million individuals with disabilities. Ratified by nearly one hundred countries, and in operation since May 2008, the CRPD is effectuating global change. People with disabilities have been transformed from the objects of charity to the subjects of rights, and are claiming their human rights in all corners of the world based on the theme of the CRPD negotiations: “Nothing about us without us.” At the same time, some countries are actively resisting the notion of legal capacity–the human right by which persons with disabilities make decisions about their own lives. Professor Stein, who was active in the CRPD negotiations and has worked on disability issues in dozens of countries, will discuss the CRPD generally. Stein also will discuss recent developments from around the world, including what the UN Disability Committee in Geneva is doing, and how the CRPD is being implemented and monitored in different countries where the Harvard Law School Project on Disability ( has been active.

About the Speaker

Michael Stein holds a juris doctor from Harvard Law School and a PhD from Cambridge University. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, as well as Cabell Professor at William & Mary Law School, he has taught at Harvard, New York University, and Stanford law schools. An internationally acclaimed expert on disability law and policy, Stein participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons organizations around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies.

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