• Arlene S. Kanter
  • Laura J. and L.Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence
  • Professor of Law
  • Director, College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Co-Director, SU Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies
  • Education
    • Trinity College
    • New York University
    • Georgetown University Law Center
Arlene S.   Kanter

Professor Kanter is the founder and Director of the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP). The DLPP houses the nation’s first joint degree program in Law and Disability Studies, a Curricular Program in Disability Law and Policy, and a new LLM Program for international lawyers. In 2015, the DLPP introduced a second joint degree program with the School of Education in Inclusive Education and Disability Rights.

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 United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD). From 2001-06, Professor Kanter worked with the UN committee on drafting the CRPD. Since then, she has consulted with governments and disability organizations on implementing the CRPD in many countries, including 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 from the fields of law, education and disability studies. She also co-authored the first law casebook on international and comparative disability law, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on human rights and comparative and international disability rights law, inclusive education, and mental health law.

In 2010-11, Professor Kanter was named the Distinguished Switzer Fellow by the US Department of Education’s National Disability Rehabilitation Research Institute, and in 2009-10, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University. She is the 2005 recipient of Syracuse University’s 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. She is also a Bond, Schoeneck and King Distinguished Professor of Law.

Professor Kanter is co-editor of the Critical Disability Series at SU Press, founder and editor of the SSRN Journal on Disability Law, 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 Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.

At Syracuse University College of Law, Professor Kanter teaches disability, human rights and education law courses. In addition to directing the DLPP, she co-directs the SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, which is expansion of the Center on Human Policy, the nation’s 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 on Mental Health Law, where she represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and Congress.