Introduction to 12th International Disability Law Summer School Programme  

The theme for this year’s Summer School will be Disability & Culture - Access to Culture, Recreation, Leisure and Sport  for people with Disabilities - this will look at the extent of Article 30, which looks at participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.  

 The Summer School will provide an introduction to international human rights law and an introduction to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the nature of State obligations, methods of treaty interpretation, the substantive rights, monitoring, complaints procedure and the role of the Committee).   Article 30 (Cultural Life) – is one of the less explored articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Over the last number of Summer Schools, it has become increasingly clear that the contents within that article are crucial for the full enjoyment of life.   

The programme of the summer school will explore the emerging jurisprudence on the CRPD, as it relates to the various dimensions of Article 30.  While there is a growing understanding of the importance of access to culture, recreation and sport for people with disabilities, this is rarely carried out using the rights-based approach as found in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This summer school aims to bring together those who are leading in establishing cultural rights for people with disabilities, advocates and human rights experts in order to learn from each other – and develop ideas in this crucial area.   

 Article 30 mandates that States recognise the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life”, this is a broad right which looks at, among other things, accessible cultural materials, including television programs, films, theatre and other cultural activities.   

 We turn to art, music, sport and play to find comfort and meaning in difficult times. This global pandemic has also highlighted new ways to make culture more accessible, for example, through live streaming of cultural events. Nevertheless, disabled people are still excluded from accessing culture in different forms and much work remains to ensure full and meaningful participation of disabled people in all forms of cultural life.  

Each week will address a different theme, including Article 30 CRPD, voices of disabled people in media, disabled people as artists and creators, sport, leisure & play, and access to the arts. We are committed to making summer school as accessible as possible in this online format, so please let us know your access needs on registering, and we look forward to welcoming you (virtually) to the various home offices, bedrooms and living rooms of our speakers from around the world this year!

To view previous Disability Law Summer schools please see link below.