Transcending human rights legalism: a study of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Visitors from Mongolia Disability Rights explore accessibility improvements in public transport systems in Washington DC, USA, examining bus route in braille print.

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 23 February 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Nara Ganbat


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The international human rights regime is an ambitious global project. It is a celebrated regime with a phenomenal expansion, but its actual outcomes are subject to vigorous academic debate. Meanwhile, human rights scholarship is a deeply legalised area.

This seminar discusses the outcomes of Nara Ganbat’s PhD research on impacts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Australia and Mongolia. Her research shows that the realities of domestic implementation of human rights treaties are far more complex than mere incorporation of international norms into domestic legal systems. It suggests that we might better understand and implement human rights treaties, if we approach them as phases in a process of moral reflection, rather than codifications of consensual norms and goals.

About the Speaker

Nara Ganbat is a lawyer from Mongolia specialising in public international law and human rights. She obtained degrees from the National University of Mongolia and University of Melbourne. As a law student, Nara started working for the Amnesty International’s branch in Ulaanbaatar as a campaign coordinator advocating for the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 2002.

In 2004, Nara joined the Mongolian Human Rights Commission as a policy officer responsible for monitoring the implementation of Mongolia’s human rights obligations. In different roles such as senior complaints officer and a chief of staff, Nara continued working for Mongolian Human Rights Commission until 2012 when she commenced her PhD studies at RegNet. For more detail visit her RegNet profile.

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