The Law as a Tool (In Swedish: Med lagen som verktyg) is a both the name of an ILI project and a Swedish organization spreading awareness and legal expertise on discrimination due to disability and defending the rights of people with disabilities.
Too little attention has been paid to implementation of the disability discrimination law, in particular the need to involve the disability community in enforcement of the law. Civil society can and should help to ensure that the law is implemented so that case law can develop.
Case law is needed for both fulfilling the law´s reparative function in individual cases and the prevention of future discrimitation. Role models like DREDF (USA) and Bizchut (Israel) have demonstrated that civil society can play a role in both developing legislation and enforcing the law.
The Law as a Tool (In Swedish: Med lagen som verktyg) is a Swedish organization with the purpose to defend and advance human rights for people with disabilities and counter the discrimination of the same group in Sweden.
The organization contributes to case law by taking on cases where members have been discriminated against due to disability. The Law as a Tool pays all costs related to the litigation with money from membership fees and donations.
You find more information at the website of the organisation. We do not have the resources to translate our webpage to English, but we strongly encourage non-Swedish speaking citizens of or visitors to Sweden to contact us if you are discriminated against in Sweden.
Chairman Adolf Ratzka: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project The Law as a Tool for Social Change is owned by Independent Living Institute and runs March 2016-February 2019 with support from the Swedish Inheritage Fund. It aims to raise awareness of discrimination due to disability and the possibilities and pitfalls concerning cases. It provides general assistance to attorneys taking on disability discrimination cases and offer education and support.