Disability and Refugee Law

This very short blog is about a paper I presented back in November at IALS, where the Refugee Law Initiative held an international conference ‘On the Borders of Refugee Protection: The Impact of Human Rights Law on Refugee Law’. The report of the conference, summarising speakers’ papers is available here. My paper aimed to gauge the impact of the CRPD on Refugee Status Determination under the Refugee Convention. My argument was that we need to develop an enabling interpretation of all the necessary elements for Refugee Status Determination. Persecution in particular, has to be understood in the context of failing to provide adequate protection to the rights entrenched in the CRPD; this means that arguments of progressive realisation may not be conclusive about the non-existence of persecution.