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Human Rights Advocacy For Children With Disabilities: The Global Challenge Of Protecting Children From Orphanages And Group Homes

February 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Eric Rosenthal and Dr. Fengming Cui will discuss the concept of a right to family and placement in orphanages or group homes, as there is a current major international controversy over whether it is ever appropriate to place a child in a group home or residential care. This interesting and important issue will be up for discussion at the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2020.

Date: February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Student Org. Room, WCC 2062

Thai food will be served!

Sponsored by:
– HLS Project on Disability
– HLS Dean of Students Office
– HLS Title IX Office

***If you need a assistance with reasonable accommodations or any questions about the accessibility of this lunch talk, please contact Harvard Law School’s Accessibility Services at or (617) 495-1880***


Speakers Bio:

Dr. Eric Rosenthal:

Eric Rosenthal, JD, LL.D (hon.), is Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International (DRI). Since establishing DRI in 1993, Rosenthal has trained human rights and disability activists and provided assistance to governments and international development organizations worldwide. Rosenthal has conducted investigations and trained activists in more than 25 countries. DRI reports have brought worldwide attention to the rights of people with disabilities (see for reports and press coverage).

Rosenthal has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the US National Council on Disability (NCD). On behalf of NCD, he co-authored US Foreign Policy and Disability (September 2003), a report that led to legislation to make US foreign assistance accessible to people with disabilities. The report calls on the United States to extend the enforcement of US disability rights law to all US government-funded programs abroad.

In 2013, Rosenthal received the Charles Bronfman Prize, which is awarded annually to a young humanitarian whose work is informed by Jewish values and has global impact that changes lives and inspires others (see our press release announcing the award.) In 2008, Rosenthal received the Henry A. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for “pioneering the field of international human rights advocacy for people with disabilities and bringing unprecedented international awareness to their concerns.” The adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is, according to AAPD, “in no small part due to Rosenthal’s role promoting disability rights as a human right.” In 2007, Rosenthal accepted the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights on behalf of Disability Rights International.

Rosenthal was awarded a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by the Georgetown University Law Center in 2016. He received a law degree cum laude from Georgetown University (1992) and a BA with honors in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law from the University of Chicago (1985). Rosenthal has served as an advisor in the Public Interest Law Scholar’s program of the Georgetown University Law Center and has been an adjunct professor of law in public interest advocacy. Rosenthal is a board member and former Vice-President of the US International Council on Disability (USICD), and he chaired the USICD Committee working for US ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Dr. Fengming Cui:

Dr. Cui Fengming joined the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) in June 2008. Currently, she serves as HPOD’s Director of the China Program. She is also an adjunct professor of Renmin University of China Law School and a senior fellow at the Renmin University of China Disability Law Clinic. Dr. Cui holds a Doctoral degree in special education from Boston University with a focus on justice, education, and disability as well as an Ed.M in education from Nanjing University in China with a focus on higher education and disability. Dr. Cui’s main scholarly interests, research, and writing cover issues of rights to inclusive education; comparative research on best practice in inclusive education; disability studies, inclusion, and law; disability laws and policies in China; family involvement and systems of support; the development of disability related organizations for disability rights; and disability and general social development.


February 13, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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