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Hierarchies of Disability Human Rights
An edited volume for the
Routledge Press, Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Book Series
About the Editors:
Stephen Meyers PhD, University of California, San Diego. Stephen is an Assistant Professor in Law, Societies & Justice and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also core faculty in the UW’s Disability Studies Program. His research focuses on the interactions between international law, global social movements, and grassroots associations representing marginalized groups in the Global South. His 2019 book Civilizing Disability Society: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Socializing Grassroots Disabled Persons' Organizations in Nicaragua, for example, traces the ways in which the UN Convention has transformed grassroots disability associations on the ground in Nicaragua, oftentimes in ways that clash with Nicaraguan civic culture and ignore the expressed needs of local disabled persons in lieu of international priorities.
Megan McCloskey, J.D., University of Michigan, LL.M., University of Washington. Megan is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in providing research and technical support on the implementation of gender equality, disability inclusion, and anti-discrimination policies and programs. In addition to being co-author of UNFPA’s 2018 global study Young Persons with Disabilities: Global Study on Ending Gender-based Violence and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, she is also a co-author of the 2018 assessment of disability inclusion within the United Nations system prepared for UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas. She has written and presented on a variety of topics relating to the protection of women’s rights including access to justice and legal responses to domestic violence in Viet Nam and the impact of women’s political leadership on development in Rwanda. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender and disability in international human rights law and legal practices. At the University of Washington Megan is Senior Fellow in the Disability Inclusive Development Initiative.
Gabor Petri, PhD, University of Kent, Tizard Centre. Gabor has 20 years of experience in disability policies in Hungary and in the European Union. He has published academic articles on various topics including the self-advocacy of autistic people and people with a learning disability, disability human rights, deinstitutionalisation and community living, and post-socialist disability policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Gabor is member of the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum and the Mental Health and Human Rights Committee of the Brussels-based NGO Mental Health Europe.