The 1st China and Global Human Rights Governance Forum

In the past 40 years of reform and opening up, China has become an important normative force in global human rights governance. To further promote China’s participation and guidance in global human rights governance, propel building a global community with shared future and advance the development of human rights cause around the world, the National High-level Think Tank Wuhan University Institute of International Law, Central South University Human Rights Center and the CCHRC are scheduled to host the 1st China and Global Human Rights Governance Forum in Changsha, Hunan, on 7-8 December 2019.

The theme of this Forum is International Human Rights Mechanisms from A Cross-cultural Perspective. The sub-topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Global Human Rights Governance from a Cross-cultural Perspective
  2. Building a Global Community of Shared Future and Global Human Rights Governance
  3. Developing Countries and International Human Rights Mechanisms
  4. Western Countries’ Human Rights Diplomacy Trend and International Human Rights Mechanisms
  5. Reform of International Human Rights Mechanisms from a Cross-cultural Perspective

Participation by invitation only.

2019 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights

On 21 June, the 2019 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights was held in Vienna, Austria. It granted an opportunity for the CCHRC delegation to share the ideas on human rights with their counterparts from Europe and China. The team consisted of 16 members from the Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Czech Republic, who have put human rights diversity and cooperation in their research focus.

Before the official seminar, under the topic of Opportunities for China-Europe Cooperation in the Area of Human Rights within the Changing International Order, the delegates held an informal meeting to discuss if and how Europe and China could make a further step towards cooperation in this area. Professor Tom Zwart indicated that, with the America’s retreating from the international human rights fields, such cooperation is desirable and possible between the two parties. This picture is actually being more clear considering the increasing political influence of Central and South Europe nations among the EU. These countries share a similar eagerness to promote certain economic and social rights with China. The delegates from both sides agreed on the importance of human rights cooperation, and proposed to start from the topics with less existing divergences, such as the terrorist threat, as well as some new areas like Big Data and AI.

The CCHRC delegation had a breakfast meeting on the next morning to know further about each other, and to carry out an exploration of the consensus reached by the last day’s meeting. The members all agreed to assist in bringing the cooperation on human rights between EU and China respectively from their own academic channels.

The official seminar was held in the Conference Hall of the Austrian Ministry of Justice, on 21 June. The theme was Comparison of Human Rights Values between the East and the West. The CCHRC members presented their speeches on various topics ranging from the universalism of human rights, the principle of good governance, to freedom of belief, migrants and refugee issues, and the ideological Jihad of liberalism. Among other topics, the universality and particularity of human rights attracted much attention. Some Chinese researchers depicted several global issues as the common challenges, including the terrorism, development, economic globalization, and hegemony of superpower. In spite of different approaches to dealing with such challenges taken by EU and China, they do share the same purpose, which should serve as the basis of their cooperation. As to new challenges posed by the development of the information technology, it was recognized that both sides can start building trust in these fields that have not developed many conflicts yet.

The three-day meeting contributed to the understanding on the diversities and identities in the human rights discourse between Europe and China. This has laid a sound foundation for building pragmatic cooperation in which all parties involved strive to reach the same goal using diverse strategies.

11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

This is a potentially interesting event. We sincerly hope that local culture will be allowed to play a central role in the case studies presented during this competition.

Human Rights Weekend 2019

Another HR Weekend will be organised by De Balie Feb. 8-10, 2019. You can find more details here.

The new developments and characteristics of child protection in China

Expert seminar by Prof. Qiao Doping, academic visitor at the University of Oxford, UK

Since the Chinese Government signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, The Law on the Protection of Minors with the relevant policies and legal instruments have been enacted. A pilot practice on child protection was launched in 2013. The third amendment to The Law on the Protection of Minors and the first formulation of a Regulations on Child Welfare are currently being prepared. A number of studies have been conducted on this topic by Professor Dongping Qiao. From the socio-cultural perspective, her research has found that China has its particular concept, classifications, concerns, approaches and systems on child protection. Her recent research illustrated the latest developments and trends of child protection policy and legislation in China. Prof. Qiao will share her experiences and insights on these issues.

Date: 14.00pm – 15:30pm Monday 17 December 2018

Location: Room 017, Janskerkhof 2-3, 3512 BK Utrecht


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China’s Role in International Human Rights: Zhang Peng Chun and Beyond

Time: Starting 15:30 (sharp), Thursday, 30 August 2018.

40-minute talk, followed by around 30 minutes’ discussion.

Location: Room 110 in Janskerkhof 2-3 (the first floor), Utrecht City Centre.


My current work focuses on China’s role in the evolutionary process of human rights, where cultural compromise and integration deserve due attention and scrutiny in this globalising era. This process has been experiencing three phases, namely, neutralisation, differentiation and harmonisation. In my talk, I will first analyse China’s modern human rights interpretations by a Chinese philosopher and human rights activist Zhang Peng Chun (a.k.a. Peng Chun Chang), whose cultural perspective (the Chinese culture and Confucianism in particular) to a very large degree is still valid today. I will then outline China’s contemporary human rights interpretations, where State stability and individual rights are balanced, the right to development is deemed as the core of human rights, and collective rights has revived in the recent pursuit of building a community of the shared future for humankind.

Speaker: Professor Chang Jian is a leading Chinese scholar in the field of human rights theory, public conflict management, and government studies.

Prof. Chang’s reputation has been well established for his influential books, including: “The Chinese Road of Human Rights” (published in 2016), “Human Rights Policies in China” (published in 2016), “Efficiency, Justice, Stability and Government Responsibility” (published in 2010), “ Transformation of Rights in China” (published in 2000), and “The Ideal, Paradoxes and Practices of Human Rights” (published in 1992).

Prof. Chang has (co-)edited well received works such as “Training Handbooks of Human Rights for Public Servants”, “Annual Reports on China’s Human Rights (Blue Book Series)”, and “Human Rights Action in China”. He currently directs the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the Nankai University, and serves as Standing Council Member of the China Society for Human Rights Studies.

Colloquium Human Rights and Development in Africa

The Association pour la Promotion de la Recherche en Droit & Securité en Afrique will be organizing an international colloquium on the theme:

Human Rights and Development in Africa – Actualizing the Right to Development: what will it take?

Time: 19-21 November, 2018

Venue: University of Douala

The event is supported by the CCHRC.

Questions to be addressed at the colloquium

Theme 1: Fostering the rule of law/constitutionalism/governance for the realisation of the right to development in Africa;

Theme 2: Tapping into African culture and philosophies for the realisation of the right to development in Africa;

Theme 3: Addressing the shortcomings of development assistance for the realisation of the right to development in Africa

Theme 4: Addressing corruption for the realisation of the right to development in Africa;

Theme 5: Addressing illicit financial flows for the realisation of the right to development in Africa;

Theme 6: Addressing gender exclusion for the realisation of the right to development in Africa;

Theme 7: Addressing the migration crisis for the realisation of the right to development in Africa

Theme 8: Actualizing the right to development: comparative analysis, case studies from other regions, and from a multi and transdisciplinary perspectives.

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The “2018·China-Europe Human Rights Seminar” will be held from June 27 to 29, at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. It will be co-sponsored by China Society for Human  Rights Studies and the College of Europe. The Main Topic of this seminar is “Diversity of Civilization and HumanRights”.


  • Theory and Practice of Human Rights in a Pluralistic World.
  • Human Rights Perspectives of East and West.
  • Dialogues on Human Rights among diverse cultures.
  • Consensus on Human Rights among diverse cultures.
  • Multi-cultural implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 Invitation only

Expert seminar: Decolonizing Human Rights

Key note speech presented by: Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law.

Date: 14:00 hrs, Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Location: VU Campus Amsterdam, 2nd floor of the Main Building; room HG02A24.


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Seminar: Protecting Women’s Rights in Indonesia

We invite you to an expert seminar on: Protecting Women’s Rights in Indonesia: The Role of the National Commission on Anti-Violence Against Women

Date: 10.30am – 12pm Monday 11 June 2018

Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht


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Qingdao seminar, Dec. 2017

The School of Law of Shandong University (China) and the Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre co-organized a seminar on the theme ‘Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind in the Area of Human Rights’. The seminar took place in the port city of Qingdao, where Shandong University is constructing a new campus.

This seminar was composed of four panels:

  • Panel 1: The meaning of the concept of building a community of shared future for mankind;
  • Panel 2: Lacks of representativeness and inclusiveness in the current human rights systems and ways to repair them;
  • Panel 3: Towards a joint Southern vision on human rights;
  • Panel 4: What would a community of shared future for mankind look like in the area of human rights?

The seminar drew participants from all continents.