This article describes the work done by the lead author and his students in the creation of the Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific (DRICAP), as part of the work the lead author has been doing with colleagues (especially Yoshikazu Ikehara, Esq., director of the Tokyo Advocacy Law Office) for several years to create a Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific (DRTAP). DRICAP’s centerpiece is the creation of a website collecting statutes, regulations, scholarly articles, advocacy news, and case law from selected Asian and Pacific nations. This work was done through a clinic created by the lead author, which he taught as a two-semester course at New York Law School in academic year 2013-14. This article shares the work done through this clinic, and hopes to inspire other clinicians and students to engage in similar projects on behalf of persons with disabilities in other parts of the world. In Part II, the lead author explains the course’s structure. In Part III, five of the participating students explain separately how they went about their work, the pitfalls, the challenges, and the breakthroughs. In Part IV, the lead author retrospectively reconsiders the work that was done and its expected value for advocates in the region in question and for persons with disabilities in the included nations.
Michael L. Perlin et al., Creating a "Building a Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific Clinic": Pedagogy and Social Justice, 17 Marq. Ben. & Soc. Welfare L. Rev. 1 (2015).