We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Professor Gerard Quinn Director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at NUI Galway.
A historic hearing took place yesterday (Thursday, July 11th) in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The issue before the Committee was US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In the US system the Senate must gives its ‘advice and consent’ before the Federal Government can ratify a treaty. A two thirds majority vote is needed from the full Senate before the Administration can proceed to ratification. This is an exceedingly high bar but, especially after yesterday, it looks likely to be met. It is now almost a foregone conclusion that the Committee – chaired by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) – will commend a positive vote to the full Senate.