Dianah’s article published in South African Journal of Human Rights

dianah-msipa2Dianah Msipa, former Inclusion International intern, recently co-authored an academic article with Professor Frédéric Mégret, who is a Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Research at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

The article is entitled: “Global Reasonable Accommodation: How the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Changes the Way We Think about Equality” and has been published in the South African Journal of Human Rights volume 30 of 2014 at page 252


This article assesses the potential of the notion of reasonable accommodation as included in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Reasonable accommodation provides a unique case of a domestic concept that has been gradually diffused transnationally, is in the process of being thoroughly internationalised and ought now to be re-domesticated so as to maximise its impact. The record of its domestic implementation so far however is not very promising, at least in countries that do not already have experience with the concept. The article traces some of the conceptual obstacles to implementation of reasonable accommodation including the enduring allure of formal equality, disputes about the meaning of ‘reasonable’ and the related notion of ‘undue burden’, the need to evaluate who the obligation applies to, and how it fits within the immediate/progressive realisation dilemma.

Go to Sabinet reference to see the whole article