Sunday, March 13, 2011

Go On! ASIL International Disability Rights Interest Group

This post is adapted from a call for membership circulated by Stephanie Ortoleva and Hope Lewis.
This exciting new group joins numerous other long-standing ASIL interest groups and will be co-chaired in this inaugural phase by Stephanie Ortoleva, Senior Human Rights Legal Advisor, BlueLaw International, LLP, and Visiting Scholar, University of Hawaii, Spring 2011-12 (photo) and IntLawGrrl Hope Lewis, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law. Founding Executive Committee members are Janet E. Lord, Senior Partner, BlueLaw, LLP and Michael Waterstone, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
The IDRIG will have its first strategy and planning meeting at the 105th ASIL Annual Meeting on Friday, March 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Roosevelt Room, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Georgetown, Washington, DC, 1150 22nd Street, N.W.
We encourage you to join us as we plan our strategy and activities for the forthcoming year. Even if you cannot attend this first meeting, please join the interest group so you can be part of our exciting work.
More information on the International Disability Rights Interest Group is available here.
IDRIG's Mission
The interest group's mission is described as follows:

The American Society of International Law International Disability Rights Interest Group (IDRIG) focuses on disability rights as this issue moves from the margins of international human rights law and policy to occupy a prominent place in the global human rights system with the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD is moving in the direction of universal signature and already has nearly 100 ratifications, signaling the importance of the treaty to more than 650 million persons with disabilities worldwide. The CRPD has prompted an unprecedented pace of law reform worldwide and the establishment of an Inter-Agency mechanism to ensure disability inclusion across the United Nations system. It is also markedly shaping the human rights agendas of mainstream human rights organizations as well as international development agencies. The IDRIG works to promote awareness of disability rights as a cross-cutting issue in international law, sponsoring panels and other events at ASIL. Through an online discussion forum, DRIG provides information on recent developments in the field, an opportunity for networking among the rapidly growing numbers of international disability rights academics, practitioners, and advocates, discussing issues and recent developments in the field, sharing and collaborating on research, and furthering the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the work of ASIL. IDRIG also supports, encourages, and provides leadership opportunities to law students and emerging young lawyers in the growing field. Finally, and crucially, IDRIG advances the diversity of ASIL membership and facilitates the accessibility of ASIL to international lawyers with disabilities.

As you can tell, we have much work to do! If you are not already an ASIL member, information on joining ASIL can be found here.
Contact Stephanie Ortoleva or Hope Lewis with any questions. We look forward to meeting you on the 25th!

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