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Dianah Msipa

Ms Dianah Msipa (she/her)

LLB(Newcastle University, UK) LPC(Northumbria University, UK) LLM(McGill University, Canada)

Manager:  Disability Rights Unit
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 6398
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
dianah.msipa@up.ac.za

Expertise

  • Disability rights
  • Access to justice
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Legal capacity
  • Disability Rights in the African human rights system

Teaching:

African Disability Rights Protection

Academic publications

  • Robyn White and Dianah Msipa ‘Implementing article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa: Accommodations for People with Communication Disabilities,’ (2018) 6 African Disability Rights Yearbook 99.

  • Dianah Msipa ‘The right to Work and Employment in Southern Africa: A Commentary on How Selected Employment Laws Fare against Article 27 of the CRPD’ (2016) 4 African Disability Rights Yearbook 283.

  • Dianah Msipa ‘How assessments of testimonial competence perpetuate inequality and discrimination for persons with intellectual disabilities: An analysis of the approach taken in South Africa and Zimbabwe (2015) 3 African Disability Rights Yearbook 63-90.

  • Frédéric Mégret & Dianah Msipa ‘Global Reasonable Accommodation: How the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Changes the Way We Think about Equality.’ (2014) 30 SAJHR 252.

  • Thompson Chengeta and Dianah Msipa ‘Getting Disability Rights into the Mainstream of Human Rights Advocacy: An Appraisal of Zimbabwean Disability Rights Policies and Legislation”. Available on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2312340.

  • ‘Albinism as a disability: The key to ensuring equal access to justice for the vindication of economic, social and cultural rights by persons with albinism in South Africa?’ (2022) Southern Africa Albinism Socio-Economic Rights Journal (forthcoming)

  • ‘Access to health care by mothers impacted by albinism in South Africa’ (2022) Southern Africa Albinism Socio-Economic Rights Journal (forthcoming) (with M Buyco et al)
    ‘Moshoeshoe v DPP: A missed opportunity for persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in Lesotho?’ (2021) 13 Drexel Law Review 909

  • Court accommodations for persons with severe communication disabilities: A legal scoping review’ (2021) 27 (3) Psychology, Public Policy and Law 399 (with R White, J Bornman and E Johnson)

  • ‘Implementing article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa: Accommodations for people with communication disabilities (2018) 6 African Disability Rights Yearbook 99. (with R White)

  • ‘The right to work and employment in Southern Africa: A Commentary on how selected employment laws fare against Article 27 of the CRPD’ (2016) 4 African Disability Rights Yearbook 283.

  • ‘How assessments of testimonial competence perpetuate inequality and discrimination for persons with intellectual disabilities: An analysis of the approach taken in South Africa and Zimbabwe (2015) 3 African Disability Rights Yearbook 63-90.

  • ‘Global reasonable accommodation: How the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities changes the way we think about equality.’ (2014) 30 South African Journal of Human Rights 252. (with Frédéric Mégret)

  • ‘Getting disability rights into the mainstream of human rights advocacy: An appraisal of Zimbabwean disability rights policies and legislation’ Available on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2312340 (with Thompson Chengeta)

Book chapters

  • ‘The African Disability Protocol: Towards a social and human rights approach to disability in the African Human Rights system’ in Handbook of Disability: Critical Thought, Human Rights and Social Change in a Globalizing World (Springer: 2022) forthcoming  (with P Juma)

  • ‘Critical review of reforms in the African region’ in N Espejo & M Bach (eds) Legal Capacity, Disability and Human Rights: Towards a comprehensive approach (2021) (forthcoming)

Book reviews

  • ‘Book review: Oche Onazi: An African path to disability justice: Community, relationships and obligations’ (2020) 8 African Disability Rights Yearbook 264.

Other publications (Blog)

Dianah Msipa, ‘Pursuing justice for rape victims with intellectual disabilities’ available at www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/pursuing-justice-rape-victims-intellectual-disabilities

Podcasts

  • Africa Rights Talk: The right to access justice for persons with disabilities