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The Disabilities Convention and its Consequences for Mental Health Laws in Australia

Annegret Kämpf is a PhD candidate and part-time researcher with the Faculty of Law, Monash University.

This article argues that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has the potential to shape a new framework for national mental health care. It outlines the recognition and clarification of physical and mental disability in international human rights instruments before the adoption of the Convention, then provides an overview of the Convention and some of its innovative elements. It assesses what relevance international human rights have in Australian law and policy-making and in what ways the Convention has the potential to frame Australian mental health legislation.

(2008) 26 No 2 Law in Context 10

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