Disabling discourses and human rights law: a case study based on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

  title={Disabling discourses and human rights law: a case study based on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities},
  author={Anastasia Liasidou},
  journal={Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education},
  pages={149 - 162}
  • Anastasia Liasidou
  • Published 2 January 2016
  • Sociology
  • Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
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