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Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities: Exploring Challenges and Good Practices

Location:   United Nations HQ
Begins:   Sep 13, 2012 11:45
Ends:   Sep 13, 2012 13:00

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This is an event promoted by the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, to which the World Bank is a partner.  Documents, photo gallery and audio files are posted at



Speaker Bios


Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo was appointed by the President of the United States as the Coordinator, Office for Disability and Inclusive Development, at USAID to coordinate work on mainstreaming disability, provide strategic support and technical assistance for disability inclusion, and reposition the Agency as a leader in Disability Inclusive Development. As a Senior Operations Specialist at the World Bank she worked in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific regions. She was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the South African Human Rights Commission. She was a Legal Advisor in the South African Presidency and principal author of the Integrated National Disability Strategy. She has served on a number of UN Committees, task forces, and non-profit boards. In 2008, she received the inaugural Sir Harry Fang Empowerment Award from Rehabilitation International. She holds a Masters in International Law and Administration from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and an LLM from Cornell Law School.


Stephanie Ortoleva is a renowned attorney, advocating for human rights internationally, and the Founder and President of Women Enabled, Inc. Previously she served as an Attorney and Disability Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. Ortoleva focuses on disability rights, women’s rights, rule of law, access to justice and human rights education in developing and post-conflict countries, and consults for governments and international organizations. As Co-Leader of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development’s Community of Practice for Persons with Disabilities, she facilitates the project’s work and prepares its research papers.  Ortoleva has numerous law review articles and scholarly publications and makes frequent presentations.


David Allen Larson is a Law Professor/Senior Fellow at the Hamline University School of Law and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also is a leader in the American Bar Association. He has been an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission appellate attorney, an Omaha Tribe arbitrator, a Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission hearing examiner, and a law firm litigation attorney. He has 50 publications and has made 125 professional presentations around the world.


Peter Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted at the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) ( at Syracuse University. Blanck is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Blanck received a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. He is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC).

Shelley Inglis is the Policy Advisor and Team Leader of the Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Security and Legal Empowerment of the Poor team in UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group. Inglis worked in the Rule of Law Office in the Office of the UN Deputy Secretary-General, and on human rights and rule of law issues in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Development fund for women. She has provided guidance and support to field presences in conflict-affected and transitioning countries; drafted policy guidance materials; and conducted workshops and trainings. She is an adjunct professor in political science and human rights at Barnard College/Columbia University with a JD (Columbia School of Law) and BA (Cornell University).


Layton Pike joined AusAID in May 2011 and is the Assistant Director General of the Governance and Social Development Branch, where he provides policy advice for the Australian aid program on governance, anti-corruption, human rights, law and justice, social development and disability inclusive development. Previously he was the Chief of Staff to the Australian Attorney-General, where he served as the Principal Adviser on national security, the civil justice system including Australia’s courts and tribunals, and human rights including Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. Layton holds a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (Management), and is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT.


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