The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has generated new legal initiatives around the globe and energised relevant sociolegal and comparative critique. The impact on disabled people of Covid-19 and various (national) legal and political responses to it is another issue likely to generate extensive sociolegal and comparative scholarship. Both the CRPD and Covid-19 raise important questions for scholarship within as well as beyond the UK. Further, exacerbated by austerity, we are witnessing an effective collapse of the long neglected and fragile ‘social care’ pillar of the UK’s welfare state, with devastating implications for the lives of disabled people and their families. Initiatives of the devolved nations and the implications of Brexit also have potential (though largely unexplored) implications for disabled people. There is an urgent need for robust sociolegal interrogation of questions concerning disability, law, and social justice.


The convenors invite empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers that explore questions concerning disability, law, and social justice in the light of the challenges and/or opportunities presented by current developments at international, national, or local levels. We welcome papers from a broad range of disciplines and geographical locations, and encourage contributions from newcomers to Disability Legal Studies, as well as more established scholars. Examples of issues papers might address include:

  • Disability politics, identities and models of disability;

  • The domestication and impact of the CRPD;

  • Tensions between ideas and applications of ‘vulnerability’ and equality;

  • The impact of Brexit on disability law and/or social justice, particularly for disabled people;

  • The impact of Covid-19 on disability law and social justice, particularly for disabled people;

  • Re-imaginings of social care and independent living theory and practice;

  • Continuity and change in disability matters at a time of upheaval.


Luke Clements (L.J.Clements@leeds.ac.uk), Beverley Clough (B.Clough@leeds.ac.uk),

Emily Kakoullis (KakoullisE@cardiff.ac.uk), Anna Lawson (a.m.m.lawson@leeds.ac.uk) and 

Alison Tarrant (TarrantAE2@cardiff.ac.uk)