Markus Schefer has been Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Basel, Switzerland, since 2001. He is a leading scholar on individual rights and on the rights of persons with disabilities in Switzerland. He has ample experience in drafting disability legislation as well as evaluating and implementing it. Markus Schefer regularly and closely cooperates with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.
Since January 2019, Markus Schefer has served as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has been a very active member in his first term, and has contributed to the Committee's work in various ways. He has served as Special Rapporteur on New Communications, as Rapporteur of the Working Group on Working Methods, and as Country Rapporteur in various States Parties reporting procedures.