Disability & Human Rights in International & Domestic Law

16 January 2011

Professor Ron McCallum, AO will teach this new Employment and Labour postgraduate intensive unit during May 2011.

Disability & Human Rights in International & Domestic Law explores the history, content and monitoring aspects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRDCPRD CPRD) and other relevant international law instruments.

Topics covered include:

  • Work
  • Education
  • Migration
  • Legal capacity
  • Decision making
  • Australia's foreign aid programs under Article 32 of CPRD

Professor Ronald C McCallum AO chairs the United Nations monitoring Committee established under the new international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Ron was elected to this position in 2008 and 2010.

Ron's credentials in Disability and Human Rights law are extensive.

He was the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in law in any Australasian university when he took up the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Chair in Industrial Law at the Sydney Law School in 1993.

From 2002 until 2007, he served as Dean of the Sydney Law School.

He has also taught labour law in Canada and the USA.

In September 2003, Ron was elected as Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Cooperative Ltd, which operates Radio 2RPH.

Since 2006, he has been a member of the board of Vision Australia, and has been a deputy-chair of this board since November 2006.

Ron has worked extensively with government on new legislation.

He was a member of the NSW Taskforce, which led to the drafting of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), and in 1996-7, he chaired a Panel of Review into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 (NSW).

He was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government in 2002, in recognition of his contribution as a labour law scholar and disabled citizen.

In 2006, Ron received the designation of Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice.

On 25 November 2010, Ron was designated as New South Wales Senior Australian of the Year 2011.

Ron is also a consultant to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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