National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Arlene Kanter, J.D.

Arlene Kanter is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Kanter publishes and lectures extensively on domestic and international disability law and policy. Her recent book, The Development of Disability Rights under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights (Routledge, 2015), traces the development of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD) and its potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities worldwide. From 2001-06, Professor Kanter worked with the UN committee on drafting the CRPD. Since then, she has worked with governments and organizations on implementing the CRPD in such countries as Argentina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Palestine, Turkey, Jordan, South Africa and Vietnam.

Professor Kanter is also co-author of Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education (with Beth Ferri) (2014), the first book to bring together scholars form the fields of law, education and disability studies. She also co-authored the first law casebook on international and comparative disability law, and numerous articles and book chapters on comparative and international disability, inclusive education, and mental health law.

In 2010-11, Professor Kanter was named the Distinguished Switzer Fellow by the US Department of Educationís National Disability Rehabilitation Research Institute, and in 2009-10, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University. She is also the 2005 recipient of Syracuse Universityís most prestigious teaching award, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2009, she was honored with an award of the New York State Bar Association, and in 2014, she was named International Scholar of the Year by the International Center of Syracuse.

Professor Kanter is co-editor of the Critical Disability Series at SU Press, founder and co-editor of the SSRN Journal on Disability Law, and co-founder of the Disability Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools and co-founder of the Disability Collaborative Research Group of the Law and Society Association. She is a former Commissioner of the American Bar Associationís Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.

At Syracuse University College of Law, Professor Kanter founded and directs the Disability Law and Policy Program, which houses the nationís first joint degree program in Law and Disability Studies, a Curricular Program in Disability Law and Policy, and a new LLM Program for international students in Disability Law and Policy. She also co-directs the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, which is expansion of the Center on Human Policy, the nationís first multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, advocacy, and public education on inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. She holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Education.

Since joining the law faculty in 1988, Professor Kanter has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and founder and Director of the Externship Program. Prior to SU, Professor Kanter taught at Georgetown University Law Center and practiced public interest law at a national disability rights organization in Washington, D.C., now called the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and Congress.