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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 1-06
Disability and Law in the Developing Countries - From the Perspective of Establishment of Legal Rights


On December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The adoption of the Convention means a framework for a rights-based approach to development in the field of disability has been set up with the consensus of the international community. The Convention stresses the promotion of the full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of their human rights and fundamental freedoms and of full participation by persons with disabilities, which will advance human, social and economic development of society and eventually eradicate poverty. However, the present situation of the rights of persons with disabilities in developing countries is still vague and needs to be studied. This research project will analyze the development of disability laws in Asian countries referring to rights provided in the Convention to try to find issues hindering the enjoyment of full rights by persons with disabilities. The project will research and analyze (1) disability laws, (2) remedy system for rights, (3) cases of litigation and complaint in each country to examine the feasibility of rights stated in the Convention such as non-discrimination, equality under the law and access to justice.


2009/4 - 2010/3


Members of the Research Project

ASANO Noriyuki (Associate Professor, Osaka Ohtani University)
KAWASHIMA Satoshi (Research Fellow, the University of Tokyo)
SAI Takanori (DPI-Japan)
NISHIZAWA Kikuo (Associate Professor, Kochi Junior College)
YOTSUMOTO Kenji (Professor, Kobe University)


The final results will be published in the I.D.E. Research Series (Japanese) in 2010.