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Special Issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics on "Human Rights and Disability": Call for Papers

The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007) was a milestone concerning the rights of people with disability in many different ways. The acknowledgment of the different worries and various hardships of people with disability found its expression in the powerful language of human rights in support of their vital concerns.

This special issue examines the diverse problems that people with disability face in the context of human rights, provides insights in new developments on important issues relating human rights to disability, and features new approaches and solutions to vital problems in the current debate.

Topic Areas:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Disability Studies

Possible questions and topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Human rights and disability
  • The concept of disability
  • The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Disability and political participation
  • The right to work and disability (equality of opportunity)
  • Disability and health care (just distribution of health care resources)
  • The right to life and the fetus with disability (e.g. euthanasia, liberal eugenics, creating "deaf children")
  • The right to have sex, procreation, and disability
  • Education and people with disability (e.g. inclusion, exclusion, right to education)
  • Individual informed consent, mental disability, and the right to refuse treatment
  • The elderly and disability (right of self-determination)
  • Mobility, access to public buildings, and the right of freedom of movement
  • Human rights, capability approach, and disability
  • Public accommodation and people with disability
  • Sexual exploitation of women/men with (mental) disability

Submission Deadline:
The submission deadline for Articles is 1st April, 2013.


  • This special issue, which will contain both invited and submitted papers, will appear in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Please, submit your articles for peer review to John-Stewart Gordon at
  • All authors will be informed about the decision regarding their articles during the first week of May 2013.
  • For further submission requirements, including format and referencing style, please refer to the Author Guidelines on The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics website.
  • The editors would like to stress that the journal's readers come from different disciplines; hence, the authors are kindly asked to submit articles that consider this important aspect. Upon submission authors should include full contact details and a few lines of biographical information in a separate file.
  • The editors discourage papers of more than 10.000 words.

Dr. John-Stewart Gordon
University of Cologne

Dr. Jerome Bickenbach
Queen's University Kingston
University of Lucerne

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