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Gauthier de Beco (JD, KU Leuven; LLM, University of Nottingham; PhD in Law, UC Louvain) is Reader in Law at the Huddersfield Business School, where he is Subject Group Leader (SGL) - Research & Enterprise, REF Lead as well as PGR Coordinator. He is teaching modules on "The Administration of Justice & Human Rights" and the "Global Legal Professional". He previously taught at University College London (UCL), the KU Leuven and the University of Leeds. He has also worked as an expert to several international organisations and NGOs, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Commission as well as Inclusion International and ActionAid International.

Gauthier’s expertise lies in the field of international human rights law with a special focus on disabled people. He has published widely in the field, including two monographs and many articles in peer reviewed journals, and is on the editorial board of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l’homme. He has been involved in a number of research projects related to disability funded, amongst others, by the European Commission and the Nuffield Foundation.


Recent publications:

- G. de Beco, J. Lord and S. Quinlivan (eds), The Right to Inclusive Education in International Human Rights Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

- G. de Beco, ‘The Indivisibility of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (2019) 68 (1) International & Comparative Law Quarterly 141-60.

- G. de Beco, ‘The Right to Inclusive Education: Why is There so much Opposition to its Implementation?’ (2018) 14 (3) International Journal of Law in Context 396-415.

- G. de Beco, ‘Protecting the Invisible: An Intersectional Approach to International Human Rights Law’ (2017) 17 (4) Human Rights Law Review 633-63.

- G. de Beco, ‘Is Obesity a disability? The Definition of Disability by the Court of Justice of the European Union and its Consequences for the Application of EU Anti-Discrimination Law’ (2016) 22 (2) Columbia Journal of European Law 381-401.

- G. de Beco, ‘Transition to Inclusive Education Systems According to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (2016) 34 (1) Nordic Journal of Human Rights 40-59.

- G. de Beco and R. Murray, Commentary on the Paris Principles on National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

- G. de Beco (ed.), Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: National Structures for the Implementation and Monitoring of the Convention (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013). 

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Research Output

Harnessing the Full Potential of Intersectionality Theory in International Human Rights Law: Lessons from Disabled Children’s Right to Education

De Beco, G., 20 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Internationality and Human Rights Law. Dunne, P. & Atrey, S. (eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Intersectionality and disability in international human rights law

    De Beco, G., 27 May 2020, In : International Journal of Human Rights. 24, 5, p. 593-614 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • The right to inclusive education: Why is there so much opposition to its implementation?

    De Beco, G., 1 Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Law in Context. 14, 3, p. 396-415 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Protecting the invisible: An intersectional approach to international human rights law

    de Beco, G., 25 Oct 2017, In : Human Rights Law Review. 17, 4, p. 633-663 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)