Carers and human rights: the parallel struggles of disabled people and carers for equal treatment.
Luke Clements is a Professor at Cardiff Law School, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Law and a solicitor with Scott-Moncrieff Associates LLP (London)
This paper considers the struggle being waged by unpaid carers (sometimes referred to as ‘caregivers’) for recognition as ‘rights holders’. It identifies the distinct legal status that carers have in the majority of states in the world; describes carers’ shared history of adverse treatment within most states; and argues that carers’ social exclusion arises from a widespread hostility to ‘dependency’ – a hostility that is gendered and particularly evident in neoliberal political discourse. Download PDF