Joaguim Correia Gomes, Luísa Neto, Paula Távora Vítor (coords.)
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); Self-determination; Vulnerability
I. Approved in December 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and adopted on March 30, 2007, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came to be approved and ratified by Portugal, together with its Additional Protocol, without any reservation, as early as 2009.As an international right received, the CRPD constitutes the main material reference to reflect and practice all the subjects that gravitate around the rights of the designated persons with disabilities and that, in the present, have been the subject of particular attention by the Portuguese legislature.
It seemed, therefore, that it would be of the greatest interest that a global reflection on this instrument would be be initiate in the Portuguese panorama, in mimetic terms of what has already been done in other legal systems.
II. In addition, the moment also seems the most appropriate. In fact, the CRPD appears as the first Declaration of Human Rights of the XXIst century, which makes it even more emblematic that we look at it at the end of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the seminal Declaration - the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, the year in which this company was intended to materialize - 2019 - marks a decade since the entry into force of the CRPD in the Portuguese legal system.
III. Joaquim Correia Gomes (judge at the Porto Court of Appeal), Luísa Neto (associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto and researcher at CIJE / FDUP) and Paula Távora Vítor (assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the University) from Coimbra and researcher at CDF-IJ / FDUC)presented the initial idea, sorted the 32 participants according to the respective thematic areas of study and research, as well as were the coordinators of the work developed.
IV. The work's recipients are, generally, the Law professionals and also - even for the university extraction of the majority of the annotators - those who in this area pursue their education. A serious, informative and formative work was intended.