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Disability Rights at the United Nations Rosemary Kayess in conversation with Professor Louise Chappell Part of the Disability Innovation Institute UNSW Research Seminar Series and the Australian Human Rights Institute Associates 'Human Rights Connect' series. In 2018, Rosemary Kayess was appointed as a vice chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities. Please join us for this conversation with Rosemary, who will give an insider’s view of the Committee’s workings and the challenges that all nations share in protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Rosemary will also reflect on how Australia is increasing the awareness of these rights, and its progress on ensuring people with disabilities can participate fully in society.

This talk will also explore what more can be done at UNSW Sydney, including through the world-first Disability Innovation Institute (DIIU), and how we can all shift our view of disability from a “deficit approach” to a “diversity approach”. Speakers Rosemary Kayess is the Director Engagement, Disability Innovation Institute at UNSW Sydney, a teaching fellow at UNSW Law and senior research fellow at UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre. Rosemary is serving a three-year term on the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Scientia Professor Louise Chappell is Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Louise’s research interests are in the areas of women’s rights; gender, politics and institutions and comparative federalism and public policy.  Wheelchair Accessible: The Common Room is wheelchair accessible.

Assisted Listening: The Disability Innovation Institute can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request. A portable hearing loop is also available. Please provide details in your registration. Contact: To discuss your access requirements, please email [email protected]

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