11 Frontiers L. China 1 (2016)

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                  FRONTIERS OF LAW IN CHINA
VOL. 11                             MARCH 2016                                 NO. 1
                            DOI 10.3868/s050-005-016-0001-8

                                     FOCUS

                DISABILITY RIGHTS IN CHINA AND IN THE WORLD


                                  EDITOR'S NOTE


                                  William P Alford *

    It is an honor to have been invited by Frontiers of Law in China to introduce this
Focus on Topic Disability Rights in China and in the World which contains the first of
two installments of articles delivered at a June 2015 conference at Renmin University of
China School of Law on disability and the law. The School of Law of Renmin University
has long been the foremost institution in China and a leader globally in the academic
research and discussions regarding disability law, as well as home to the People's
Republic of China's (PRC) first clinical program focused on serving persons with
disabilities.
    The four articles under this topic provide a broad, diverse and immensely valuable
overview of the challenges that persons with disabilities face in and beyond China, and of
steps that the PRC is taking to address these issues. The first article, by Ph.D candidate LI
Jing and Professor LI Jianfei of Renmin University, draws on the latter's long-term
first-hand involvement as a leading advisor to the Chinese government on law regarding
social security (as well as an eminent expert on social welfare issues), to offer an
overview of the legal framework in China regarding disability. As the article, which is
entitled Current Trends in the Development of the Chinese Social Security System for
People with Disabilities, insightfully and carefully notes, China has more than 50 laws
promulgated to protect the rights of persons with disability (not to mention others that, at
least implicitly, might be enlisted toward that end). These include not only China's Law
on the Protection of Disabled Persons, but also more specific laws and regulations
regarding employment, education, rehabilitation, and barrier free access, among other
topics. As such, these measures are meant to effectuate the obligations that China
undertook in signing and then ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), as well as participating actively in the World
Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and other important international
endeavors in this area.

   * William P. Alford, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law; Vice Dean for the Graduate Program
and International Legal Studies; Director of East Asian Legal Studies Program; Chair of the Harvard Law
School Project on Disability, at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, US. Contact: alfordglaw.harvard.edu

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