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CIGJ PhD Research: Mongolia and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

CIGJ PhD candidate Nara Ganbat has just returned from fieldwork in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Nara’s research considers the domestic implementation of international human rights treaties, focusing on the impact of Mongolia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In Mongolia, Nara interviewed senior staff in governmental, nongovernmental, and international organisations involved in implementing the country’s international rights obligations.

She observed a series of government meetings dedicated to defining and diagnosing disability under the CRPD, and also attended cultural events involving disability activists. The featured photo was taken by Nara at a wheel chair fashion show. The show gave Nara a strong sense of how attitudes to disability in Mongolia have changed as a result of activism associated with the adoption of the CRPD.

Earlier this month, Nara also took part in the ‘Law on the Edge’ Conference at the University of British Columbia (organised jointly by the Canadian and Australia & New Zealand Law and Society Associations). Nara’s paper, ‘The CRPD on the edge: People with developmental barriers, employability assessment, and the impact of international law in Mongolia’ was based on preliminary findings from her fieldwork in Mongolia.

Nara appreciates the strong support she received from her research participants. In particular, she is grateful for the support provided by the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, which provided her with an excellent working environment and with communication support while in Mongolia.

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