Masterclass with Theresia Degener, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

International Human Rights Law on Persons with Disabilities: New Frontiers in Anti-Discrimination Law 

3pm – 7pm
Thursday 11 January

Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Professor Theresia Degener, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Professor of Law and Disability Studies (Protestant University of Applied Sciences, RWL, Germany), will lead this masterclass on the right to be protected against discrimination and the right to equality under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Prof Degener will discuss the Committee’s previous statements and jurisprudence relating to this right, and place them in the broader context of human rights and disability. The masterclass will also explore the human rights model of disability and its theoretical and practical implications for the realisation of the human rights of all persons.


This Masterclass is primarily intended for Graduate and Research Higher Degree students at the University of Melbourne, although applications from other students and researchers will be considered, subject to availability.

The program will consist of a two-hour masterclass focused on international human rights law on persons with disabilities, a drinks reception and a one-hour public lecture.   Masterclass places are strictly limited. To express your interest in participating please complete the form linked below by 12pm on Monday 11 December. You will be advised of the outcome by no later than Monday 18 December.

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The venues for this event are wheelchair accessible. Other accessibility arrangements can be made on request. If you require the Expression of Interest form in an alternative format, please email or phone 03 8344 7603.

This event is presented by the Disability Research Initiative and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

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