Canada has never had a voice on the UN’s disability committee. Meet the legal scholar tapped to change that

A University of Windsor law professor could become the first person to represent Canada on the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The federal government announced last week that Canada has nominated disability advocate and legal scholar Laverne Jacobs as a candidate to serve on the committee.

The 18-person committee features experts from all over the world. If Jacobs is elected at a conference in June of next year, she would serve a four-year term.