The UN CRPD in Italian Case Law - Delia Ferri

Delia Ferri will discuss the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Italian case law.

In this joint Centre for Law and Social Justice and Centre for Disabilities seminar, two visiting scholars will present papers and invite discussion on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their respective countries.

The UN CRPD in Italian Case Law

Italy was among the first countries to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2007, and ratified it by Law 18/2009. So far, the Convention has displayed significant influence on case law. This paper discusses how and to what extent the Italian Constitutional Court (ICC) and ordinary courts have referred to the Convention to advance the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. It focuses on interesting and recent decisions of the ICC and of the Supreme Court of Cassation. On the whole, by highlighting why Italy represents an interesting case study, the paper attempts to draw more general conclusions on the potential for and the challenges of enforcing the rights provided by the CRPD in domestic legal orders.

About the speaker

Dr. Delia Ferri is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University Department of Law, where she lectures primarily in the fields of EU law and International and European Disability Law. She is currently the Director of the Law PG Research Programmes (M.Litt and Ph.D.) at Maynooth University Department of Law, and a member of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), and of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (MUCEES). She is also Associate Direction of the ALL Insitute of Maynooth University. She is an affiliated researcher at the Dirpolis Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) within the research cluster on social rights, social inclusion and disability, and a fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University (USA). Dr. Ferri academic work has focused on the rights of people with disabilities, participatory processes, and cultural diversity in the European Union.

Please click here to register for Delia's seminar.

Please note: This session will be followed by Meryl du Plessis' seminar discussing South Africa’s implementation of the CRPD:  Progress and challenges. You can register for both events via the link above. 

Location details

Room  G.33 (ground floor)
School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

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All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required.

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