Beth Ribet


The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a

shift in international legal relationships to, and conceptions of,

disability. The Convention is the first binding international instrument

of its kind related to disability. Its premises differ from the earlier World

Programme on Disability, and more closely integrate the frameworks of

U.S. domestic equal protection and disability civil rights law. Drawing

on critical race and feminist theory, this Article critically examines the

implications of internationalizing a U.S. disability law framework, with

particular attention to the problem of "emergent disability," or disability

which is specifically produced as a consequence of social inequity or state