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Informal research seminar: Mongolia and the CRPD

Source: Evgeni Zotov’s photostream: flickr.com

Source: Evgeni Zotov’s photostream: flickr.com

CIGJ PhD candidate Nara Ganbat gave an informal seminar this week on the results of her recent fieldwork trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Mongolia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008. The Convention is notable for employing a ‘social understanding’ of disability, which recognises that

disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others (CRPD, preamble, para.e).

While a medicalised view of disability remains embedded for the moment in Mongolian law, Nara found on her visit that disability advocates and civil society have embraced the CRPD’s social understanding of disability, and that the Convention more generally is providing a lever for activism and significant changes in the community’s attitude towards people with disabilities.

Forthcoming seminar: Sexual violence in the International Criminal Court: key findings from cases before the Court

Next week, visiting PhD scholar Rosemary Grey will also give an informal seminar. Rosemary’s seminar will focus how sexual violence crimes have been prosecuted in the International Criminal Court, and the significance of these prosecutions in light of existing feminist critiques of international criminal law.

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