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.