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Alison Tarrant, University of Cardiff,;
Emily Kakoullis, University of Cardiff,

Disability Law and Legal Studies is a subject that is rapidly increasing in importance. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has generated new legal initiatives around the globe and energised relevant socio-legal critique. In addition, national and international crises are having a particular impact on disabled people and are generating socio-legal and comparative scholarship.

These include the Covid-19 pandemic, the surge in the cost of living occurring in many nations, national and international conflict and climate change. These matters raise important questions for research, academic activism and policy change within and beyond the UK. In addition, exacerbated by austerity and political upheaval, we are witnessing acute strain on the health system in the UK, as well as the effective collapse of long neglected and fragile ‘social care’ structures, with devastating implications for the lives of disabled people and their families.

Initiatives of the devolved nations (such as the possible incorporation of the CRPD in Wales) and the fall-out of Brexit also have potential, though largely unexplored, implications for disabled people. Given this conjunction of international and national developments, there is an urgent need for robust socio-legal interrogation of questions concerning disability, law, and social justice.

The convenors invite empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers that explore questions concerning disability, law, and social justice in the light of the challenges and/or opportunities presented by current developments at international, national, and/or local levels. We welcome papers from a broad range of disciplines and geographical locations, and encourage contributions from newcomers to disability socio-legal studies as well as more established scholars. Examples of issues papers might address include:

  • Disability politics, identities and models of disability;

  • Continuity and change in disability law and social justice at a time of uncertainty.

  • The domestication and impact of the CRPD, particularly in an era in which human rights are under political threat;

  • Tensions between ideas and applications of ‘vulnerability’ and equality;

  • The impact of current national and international events, including Covid-19, Brexit, national or international conflict, climate change and the cost of living crisis on disability law and/or social justice, particularly for disabled people;

  • Re-imaginings of social care and independent living theory and practice.

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