The Indivisibility of Human Rights in Light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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This article argues that a new understanding of the indivisibility of human rights has emerged through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD has blurred the distinction between civil and political rights, on the one hand, and economic and social rights, on the other. After showing how this distinction has been blurred in the Convention, the article critically analyses the impact this has had on the concept of indivisibility, as well as its consequences for international human rights law more generally. It shows that there is now a shift away from a preoccupation with different categories of rights and towards concern for the real and actual enjoyment of human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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