Rados Keravica

Rados Keravica

Profile

Rados is a Postgraduate Researcher in the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds and a Ph.D. candidate. He is a holder of M.A. degree in Human Rights Law from the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. He had previously obtained MSc and BSc degrees in International Economics and Business from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. His M.A. research concerned the role of European Union in advancing deinstitionalization processes in EU Member States and candidate countries. 

Rados has extensive experience of disability rights activism and advocacy in Serbia and at the European and international levels. From 2011 to 2016 he worked for Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) as the Regional Officer for Europe. DRPI, as a global collaborative project led by York University, Toronto aimed to support disability movements at the national levels to monitor CRPD implementation through its holistic, participatory human rights monitoring methodology. He supported country monitoring projects in 6 countries in Eastern Europe and held over 20 trainings internationally for DPOs and CSOs on CRPD monitoring using DRPI monitoring methodology and supported drafting the submissions to various international human rights bodies and mechanisms including UPR, CRPD Committee, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

In 2014, he joined the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and was one of the founders of ENIL Youth Network – the first pan-European network of young disabled people. He served as ENIL Youth Network Board Member from 2015 – 2017 and ENIL Youth Network Chair 2017 – 2019 and is currently ENIL’s Board Member. He was a co-facilitator of several ENIL’s study sessions for young disabled people from Europe alongside other ENIL Youth members covering topics of political participation and sexuality and relationships of young disabled people. He was also part of ENIL’s team of trainers at the CRPD training for civil society and governments of ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) countries, held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2017.

In 2017 he worked as a Disability Rights Specialist in a consultancy capacity for the UN Human Rights Team in Serbia taking part in impact evaluation of Serbian National Anti-Discrimination Strategy. From 2018 to 2019 he worked as Human Rights Project Associate in the UN Human Rights Team in Serbia coordinating the Joint UN project “Autonomy, Voice and Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia”. The project was supported by the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was focusing on legal capacity regime reform, empowerment of women and girls with disabilities and employment of persons with disabilities.

Responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies
  • PhD Candidate

Research interests

Rados works as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher as part of the DARE project at the Centre for Disability Studies, the University of Leeds under the theme: Voices of Children and Youth with Disabilities. More closely, Rados’s research is focusing on the rights of children with disabilities to be heard in the matters which concern them and the synergies between CRC Article 12 and CRC Article 7.

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Qualifications

  • MA Human Rights Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • MSc International Economics and Business, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • BSc International Economics and Business, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Professional memberships

  • Board Member of the European Network on Independent Living
  • ENIL Youth Network Chair

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies