Klaus Lachwitz

Inclusion International

Klaus started to work for Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe für Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung in 1981 as legal advisor for persons with intellectual disability and their families and got the chance to establish a legal department consisting of six full time lawyers specialized in disability laws. His involvement with Inclusion International (II) began in 1986 when he became a Council member.

In 2004 he was asked by Diane Richler, then President of II, to represent Inclusion International in the UN Working Group/ Ad hoc Committee instructed by the UN-General Assembly to draft a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. Together with Robert Martin, self-advocate from New Zealand and member of the Council of II they had the opportunity to influence the negotiation process of the draft Convention. They succeeded with the argument that all persons with disability are, irrespective of their kind and degree of disability, equal before the law and that it should not be allowed any longer to incapacitate a person due to her/his disability (Art 12).

Nowadays he is very much involved in Germany to transfer the contents of the CRPD into national German law and to monitor the process to implement the human rights concept described in the Convention in the German legal system. In June 2010 Klaus became President of Inclusion International. He aims to support Inclusion International with his knowledge and abilities to make the Convention a reality in all regions of the world.