The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A Commentary

  • Valentina Della Fina
  • Rachele Cera
  • Giuseppe Palmisano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Theresia Degener
    Pages 41-59
  3. Rachele Cera
    Pages 77-87
  4. Valentina Della Fina
    Pages 89-106
  5. Rachele Cera
    Pages 107-118
  6. Valentina Della Fina
    Pages 119-136
  7. Valentina Della Fina
    Pages 137-155
  8. Rachele Cera
    Pages 157-174
  9. Valentina Della Fina
    Pages 175-194
  10. Andrea Broderick
    Pages 195-212
  11. Aurélie Baranger
    Pages 213-223
  12. Francesco Seatzu
    Pages 225-242
  13. Giovanni Carlo Bruno
    Pages 243-251
  14. Eilionóir Flynn
    Pages 281-294
  15. Francesco Seatzu
    Pages 295-306

About this book


This Commentary provides the first comprehensive legal article-by-article analysis of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention is the key international human rights instrument exclusively devoted to persons with disabilities and the centerpiece of international efforts to address inequalities and barriers they encounter to the full enjoyment of human rights. The book discusses the Convention’s position within existing international human rights law and within the framework of the United Nations measures to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Starting with the background of all the Convention’s articles, including the travaux préparatoires, this Commentary  examines each provision’s substance and interpretation, and explores the significance of each right, its legal scope and relationship with other international legal norms and principles. A unique contribution also analyzes the Optional Protocol to the Convention. In addition to enriching academic studies of international human rights law, the book provides insights into the practical operation of the Convention’s provisions by assessing the practice of the CRPD Committee, the activities of relevant international and regional human rights bodies in enforcing the rights of persons with disabilities and the contracting parties’ implementation practices. Relevant European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and, if appropriate, other regional jurisdictions’ case law, as well as the jurisprudence of domestic courts, are taken into consideration.

Contributions from leading scholars and international experts make this book an indispensable resource for lawyers, academics, students, journalists, international organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders wanting to better understand the rights of people with disabilities. Furthermore, it makes a valuable contribution to appraising the impact of the Convention in the legal orders of contracting parties and to charting the way forward in the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.


Disability Human Rights International Law Non-discrimination UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Editors and affiliations

  • Valentina Della Fina
    • 1
  • Rachele Cera
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Palmisano
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for International Legal StudiesNational Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute for International Legal StudiesNational Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly
  3. 3.Institute for International Legal StudiesNational Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43788-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43790-3
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