Profile of the Section

The law of disabled people with the central goals of rehabilitation, participation and equality includes above all SGB IX - Rehabilitation and Participation of Disabled People - , the relevant regulations in the other parts of the Social Security Code, the law of equality and non-discrimination of disabled people at federal and state level and the corresponding constitutional law in the federal states, in the Basic Law (Art. 3 Para. 3 Sec. 2 GG) and in Europe, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which came into force in Germany in 2009. In a broader sense, it is necessary to deal with the specific effects of all legal norms on disabled people.

Working with these legal norms requires examining the law of disabled people as a cross-cutting issue within jurisprudence and in cooperation with other disciplines such as social medicine, public health, nursing science, social and political sciences, curative and special education. This makes the social law of rehabilitation and law of disabled people a part of rehabilitation science. Its design is part of social law and social policy. It is important in research as well as in social policy that disabled people are involved in shaping it.

Medical, vocational and social rehabilitation is an important part of social services and institutions. It has many points of contact with health care, nursing care and general social work. In many cases, it is organized in cooperation with civic engagement of self-help and independent welfare work and should be embedded in municipal and general social policy. Rehabilitation is an important field of practice in social work.

In research and teaching, not only the correct contents of the social law of rehabilitation and the law of disabled people are to be identified on the basis of the norms and case law, but also their practice is to be examined. The relationship between socio-political goals, socio-legal norms and social practice of the service providers and other parts of the administration, the service providers and the disabled people themselves and their associations needs to be investigated in order to gain more precise knowledge about the conditions and limits of the implementation and the control possibilities of law. For this purpose, jurisprudence requires social science methods.

The section cooperates with other units at the University of Kassel and beyond that are interested in social law and social policy, especially in social jurisprudence and rehabilitation sciences. It seeks cooperation with the associations of disabled people, with the rehabilitation agencies, the independent welfare services and the services and institutions of rehabilitation.