Edited By: Ilias Bantekas, Michael Ashley Stein, Dimitris Anastasiou
- Disability — Jurisdiction
This chapter examines Article 47 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which deals with amendments. The rationale for the need to have an amendment clause in multilateral conventions is that each treaty has a life of its own and it is highly probable that at some future point circumstances or conditions may change necessitating one or more amendments. Treaties do not have to stipulate expressly their amendment because it is generally accepted that contracting parties have the unfettered right to change their provisions, provided that they observe the general rules envisaged in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. However, by inserting an amendment clause, contracting parties are offered the opportunity to stipulate detailed and often very detailed provisions, and this is the case with the CRPD.