Rosemary Kayess

UN Committee Member - Rosemary Kayess

UN Committee Member - Rosemary Kayess

Rights of Persons with Disabilities

CRPD: Transformative Equality and the Conceptulisation of Disability:

Respect for human dignity is a cornerstone of international human rights and is recognised as a core value of the United Nations. Yet many states deny or diminish these principles through segregation and limited inclusion of people with disability. Whereas, an inclusive approach embraces these core human rights principles such as respect for human dignity by reflecting and celebrating human diversity. Degener (2016) identifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a vehicle for transformative equality. An equality concept that requires the removal of barriers to inclusion and positive measures to accommodate difference and initiate structural change with the aim of respecting and accommodating, difference by removing the detriment but not the difference itself (Fredman, S. 2011:30)

In this video-link presentation Rosemary will unpack the fundamental premise of the CRPD: that disability is just one aspect of the human condition and explore this premise through its’ development and its potential as a catalyst of transformative equality -- a means to transform from a society of social isolation and political and economic exclusion to an inclusive communities.


Rosemary Kayess is an internationally respected academic, researcher and lawyer whose research and advocacy includes access to justice, social inclusion, housing and employment.

She is also an expert in discrimination and human rights law. In 2018 she was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is the Interim-Director of UNSW’s Disability Innovation Institute and Chair of the Australian Centre for Disability Law. Her academic positions include Teaching Fellow at UNSW Law and Senior Research Fellow at UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre.

Transformative Equality and the Conceptualisation of Disability