International Law in Brief

Published on: Author: Teresa L

International Law in Brief, is an electronic publication containing analytical abstracts of and links to significant primary documents relating to contemporary developments in international law. Prepared by the Attorney-Editors of International Legal Materials, a core publication of The American Society of International Law, ILIB is sent out electronically to its subscribers and posted on the ASIL Web site twice a month.
The March 26, 2007 ILIB issue summarizes United Nations Convention and Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Adopted by the General Assembly 13 December 2006). The following is part of the summary.
“On 13 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol to the Convention. The Convention and Protocol will be open for signature at the United Nations Headquarters beginning 30 March 2007.
In the Convention’s preamble, it takes cognizance that “disability” is an evolving concept resulting from an interaction between persons with “impairments” and attitudinal and environmental barriers that limit their full and effective participation in society equally with others. It further emphasizes that discrimination against any one on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the person. Women and girls with disabilities are at particular risk, both in and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation. The majority of persons with disabilities live in poverty.”
Issues of ILIB are divided into three sections
1. Treaties, Agreements, and Related Documents
2. Judicial and Similar Proceedings
3. Resolutions, Declarations and Other Documents
and are archived at their website back to 1998.