Faculty Experts

Arlene Kanter

Professor of Law; Director of the College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program; Co-Director of the SU Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies; Laura J. and L.Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Professor Kanter is the founder and Director of the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP). The DLPP houses the nation’s first joint degree program in Law and Disability Studies, a Curricular Program in Disability Law and Policy, and a new LLM Program for international lawyers. In 2015, the DLPP introduced a second joint degree program with the School of Education in Inclusive Education and Disability Rights.

Professor Kanter publishes and lectures extensively on domestic and international disability law and policy. Her recent book, The Development of Disability Rights Under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights (Routledge, 2015) traces the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD). From 2001-06, Professor Kanter worked with the UN committee on drafting the CRPD. Since then, she has consulted with governments and disability organizations on implementing the CRPD in many countries.

Professor Kanter is also co-author of Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education (with Beth Ferri) (2014), the first book to bring together scholars from the fields of law, education and disability studies. She also co-authored the first law casebook on international and comparative disability law, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on human rights and comparative and international disability rights law, inclusive education, and mental health law.