The UN Disability Rights Convention and EU Fundamental Rights: What Role for the Convention in the Protection of ‘Unwanted Migrants’?

Busuttil, N. 2022. The UN Disability Rights Convention and EU Fundamental Rights: What Role for the Convention in the Protection of ‘Unwanted Migrants’? International Community Law Review. 24 (4), pp. 397-417. https://doi.org/10.1163/18719732-bja10091

TitleThe UN Disability Rights Convention and EU Fundamental Rights: What Role for the Convention in the Protection of ‘Unwanted Migrants’?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBusuttil, N.
Abstract

This article examines the role to be played by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the protection of migrants with disabilities within the EU, in view of the apparent invisibility of this population within existing frameworks. It argues that the CRPD's dual role as a core UN human rights treaty and an international agreement concluded by the EU, which occupies an “integral part” of the EU legal order, interacts with pre-existing (homegrown) sources of fundamental rights obligations within EU law to produce a ‘disability fundamental rights framework’. Accordingly, the CRPD’s substantive protection should act to determine the minimum standard of protection afforded to migrants with disabilities within the EU, without prejudicing the possibility of EU law offering more extensive protection. In so doing, this article demonstrates the emancipatory potential of a ‘disability fundamental rights framework’ vis-à-vis a specific category of (unwanted) migrants and which follows from a principled interpretation of the CRPD's interaction with EU fundamental rights.

JournalInternational Community Law Review
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 397-417
ISSN1871-9740
1871-9732
Year2022
PublisherBrill
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/18719732-bja10091
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18719732-bja10091
Publication dates
Published08 Aug 2022

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