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Dr Gauthier de Beco

Lecturer in Disability Law

I obtained an LLM from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Law from the University of Louvain. I joined the University of Leeds in January 2015, having previously taught at the University of Leuven, University College London and the University of Louvain.

I worked as an expert to several international (governmental and non-governmental) organisations, and have also been involved in a number of research projects.

Research Interests

My expertise lies in the area of international human rights law.

My research interest is human rights and disability with a special focus on the issue of inclusive education. I am currently working on a monograph on “Disability in International Human Rights Law” for Oxford University Press.


I teach international human rights, disability law, and human rights & disabled people, at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. I am coordinating a module on “International Human Rights” for our LLM programme in International Human Rights.

PhD Supervision

I am supervising several PhDs, and am happy to discuss PhD proposals in the areas of international human rights law, disability law and legal theory.

Key Publications

  • de Beco, G., Disability in International Human Rights Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) [forthcoming].
  • de Beco, G., Lord, J. and Quinlivan, S. (eds), The Right to Inclusive Education in International Human Rights Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) [forthcoming].
  • de Beco, G.,  and R. Murray, Commentary on the Paris Principles on National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • de Beco, G., (ed.), Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: National Structures for the Implementation and Monitoring of the Convention (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013).
  • de Beco, G.,  (ed.), Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms of the Council of Europe (London: Routledge, 2012).
  • de Beco, G., ‘The Right to Inclusive Education: Why is There so much Opposition to its Implementation?’ International Journal of Law in Context [forthcoming].
  • de Beco, G., ‘Protecting the Invisible: An Intersectional Approach to International Human Rights Law’ Human Rights Law Review [forthcoming].
  • de Beco, G. ‘Is Obesity a disability? The Definition of Disability by the Court of Justice of the European Union and its Consequences for the Application of EU Anti-Discrimination Law’, (2016) 22 (2) Columbia Journal of European Law 381-401.
  • de Beco, ‘Transition to Inclusive Education Systems According to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’, (2016) 34 (1) Nordic Journal of Human Rights 40-59.
  • de Beco, G., ‘The Right to Inclusive Education According to Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Background, Requirements and (Remaining) Questions’, (2014) 32 (3) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 263-287.
  • de Beco, G.,  ‘Human Rights Indicators: From Theoretical Debate to Practical Application’, (2013) 5 (2) Journal of Human Rights Practice 380-397.
  • de Beco, G., ‘The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure: Good News?’, (2013) 13 (3) Human Rights Law Review 367-387.
  • de Beco, G.,  ‘Article 33 (2) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Another Role for National Human Rights Institutions?’, (2011) 29 (1) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 84-106.
  • de Beco, G., ‘Human Rights Impact Assessments’, (2009) 27 (2) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 139-166.

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