Human Rights Lawyer to Speak on U.N. Disability Treaty Nov. 4
Janet Lord, senior vice president for human rights and inclusive development at the Burton Blatt Institute and senior researcher for the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 12:30 p.m. in 341 Eggers Hall. Her topic is “Human Rights Law Making Unplugged—Reflections on the Drafting of the U.N. Disability Treaty.”
Lord will speak from her experience in human rights treaty negotiations to explore the influence of NGOs in human rights law making, reflecting on her experience throughout the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and participation in other treaty processes. In particular, she will apply insights from both international relations and international legal theory to explore who exercises power in international standard setting, how such power is sustained and how normative structures can work to support (or constrain) dialogue among engaged.
Lord is an international human rights lawyer who specializes in international disability law and policy and inclusive development for marginalized groups, and provides technical assistance to governments and NGOs.