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Building a Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific Clinic

BUILDING A DISABILITY RIGHTS INFORMATION CENTER FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC CLINIC (3) (PBL 250)

Professor Michael Perlin

New York Law School houses the Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific (DRICAP), a website collecting statutes, regulations, scholarly articles, advocacy news, and case law from selected Asian and Pacific nations, as part of the work we are doing to create a Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific (DRTAP). Students in this course will (1) study recent developments in the relationship between international human rights and mental disability law (focusing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), (2) learn about the DRTAP initiative (seen as the only realistic way that disability rights will ever be enforced in that region of the world, and (3) participate in the “building” of the DRICAP website, by researching and analyzing all disability rights law-based developments in specified Asia/Pacific nations, and preparing them for website posting and distribution. The number of nations in which work will be done will be contingent on the number of students (visualizing that each student will be responsible for two nations).

Pre-requisite: Either (1) International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law, or (2) Survey of Mental Disability Law preferred as pre-req or co-req, but other students will be accepted per permission of the instructor.