Call for inputs on good practices to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities

CLOSED:15 August 2019
Issued by:Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
Purpose:Guidelines on Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities (forthcoming)


Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006, States have committed to remove the barriers that hinder access to justice to persons for persons with disabilities. The Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16, have reinforced this commitment. Moving forward and supporting States in the implementation of their obligations in this area, has been a priority in the agenda of the Special Rapporteur.

In November 2018, in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Special Rapporteur hosted an expert group meeting to discuss the implementation of the rights to legal capacity and access to justice in the context of the administration of justice. During this meeting, experts from UN entities, regional mechanisms, national justice systems, judicial academies, training centers, civil society and academia stressed the need for the systematization of good practices on access to justice of persons with disabilities and the adoption of guidelines and protocols for those working in the administration of justice.

Following this meeting, in 2019, the Special Rapporteur commissioned a study aiming to identify, select and critically evaluate relevant principles, interventions and strategies to ensure effective access to justice of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others to the Centre for Disability Law and Policy of the National University of Ireland, Galway. The study maps legislation, policy and practice developed or implemented at national, regional and international level to improve access to justice of people with disabilities, providing a systematization of all the different elements that would make a system CRPD-compliant and disability-inclusive. Based on the findings of the report, the National University of Ireland, Galway has prepared draft international principles and guidelines on access to justice for persons with disabilities. 

On 21 February 2020, the Special Rapporteur convened an Expert Group Meeting in Geneva to discuss and validate the international principles and guidelines on access to justice of persons with disabilities, as well as to consider the best avenues to promote its endorsement and use by States to guide the implementation of their international obligations in relation to the administration of justice.

Inputs received

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All inputs received in accessible formats are available below. Non-accessible formats are available upon request at


National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society, including Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

Academics and Individuals

  • Professor Penny Cooper, Birbeck University of London (non-accessible format available upon request)