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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in PracticeA Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts$
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Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786627.001.0001

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice

Delia Ferri

Oxford University Press

Italy was among the first countries to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2007, and ratified it in 2009 by Law 18/2009. Since then, the Convention has displayed significant influence on case law, and provoked a degree of judicial activism. This chapter provides an overview of how Italian courts have used and interpreted the CRPD. It highlights how Italian lower and higher courts, including the Constitutional Court and the Court of Cassation, have attempted to overcome the gap between domestic law and the CRPD, by ‘rethinking’ legal concepts in light of the Convention. This is evident with regards to the field of legal capacity and the domestic provisions of the civil code on the ‘administration of support’, but also to non-discrimination legislation, the scope of which has been evidently enlarged to encompass the failure to provide reasonable accommodation as a form of indirect discrimination.

Keywords:   Italy, Constitutional Court, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Court of Cassation, court judgments, courts, disability rights, Law 18/2009

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