Lucie Margot Ducarre




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I am a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law (UiB). I have studied law and international relations in France and in the UK and hold a master’s in law with specialization in Children Rights. Before undertaking this PhD I have worked as a legal consultant and writer. My project focuses on autistic children’s rights to education in international and European law. The aim of the project is to critically analyze and reconceptualize the right to education of autistic children through the neurodiversity perspective and empirical inputs from the autistic community. The project builds on the legal theories and methodologies developed by critical legal studies and used in recent judgement rewriting projects.

The right to education is a fundamental children’s right, protected by several international texts, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN, 1989), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN, 2006), the Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention of Human Rights (Council of Europe, 1952) and the Revised European Social Charter (Council of Europe, 1996). When combined, these texts provide for a right to availability and access to quality and inclusive education. However, with regards to autistic children, the right to education has given rise to many debates. One of the main issues this PhD project aims to address, is how to acknowledge and balance the tensions that might arise between (mainstream) inclusive education and quality rights-based education for autistic children. Another objective is to explore how the notion of neurodiversity and the emerging autistic identity can impact the interpretation of the right to education of autistic children in its different components.

Besides autistic children’s right to education, I am also interested in discussions related to children’s rights, neurodiversity, participatory research, and the interaction between law, society, and culture. Besides my PhD, I have recently published a book chapter on Children’s literature and autism and chaired a round table on Experts by experience in the field of child protection. I am looking forward to further collaborations and exchange on these topics and would also be availaible to supervise master students writing on related issues.