Law & Advocacy Resources - Legal and Rights Advocacy Resources


This section provides information on international conventions and national laws, articles about these, and related documents and reports that address ways in which the rights of people living with disabilities are upheld. 

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, and opened for signature on 30 March 2007.

On 30 March, 81 Member States and the European Community signed the Convention, the highest number of signatures of any human rights convention on its opening day.  44 Member States signed the Optional Protocol, and 1 Member State ratified the Convention.

The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006, making it the fastest negotiated human rights treaty. The Convention aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.


Resource Directory

Local :

Act 685: Persons with Disabilities Act 2008


International :

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (UK)

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Australia)

Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission