Book launch and panel: Social Institutions and International Human Rights Law Implementation

You are cordially invited to attend the book launch and panel discussion for Julie Fraser’s book: Social Institutions and International Human Rights Law Implementation, published by Cambridge University Press. This event is held in Zoom, in 24 June 2021 at 18.00-19:00 CET, that is 09.00-10.00 PDT.

A panel of four researchers will discuss the content of the book, dealing with the power of social institutions like religion to promote human rights compliant positions and behaviours. Julie Frasers book has the subtitle “Every organ of society”, stating that the traditional State-centric and legalistic approach to human rights implementation is not enough. The book therefore explores the permissibility of other measures of implementation, and advocates more culturally sensitive approaches involving social institutions.

The panel consists of:

  • Dr. Stacey Links  external link, Lecturer at Leiden University, Chair
  • Dr Julie Fraser, Assistant Professor at Utrecht University
  • Professor Alison Dundes Renteln  external link, Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Public Policy and Law at University of Southern California
  • Professor Ann Skelton, Professor at University of Pretoria and member of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Location: Zoom

Registration: Please join, by completing the meeting registration on Zoom.

More information Book: see the Publication page of this site.

Will the US Presidential Election Change the New Cold War?

New online event on Saturday 7 November, 2020; 7am (US Eastern), 12pm (UK), 8pm (China).

US, Chinese and other experts opposing a New Cold War will analyse the consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election. President Trump launched a New Cold War against China which has led to a dangerous rise in global tensions. It is a decisive part of an aggressive ‘America First’ foreign policy which has also involved an attack on the people of many other countries – including US support for coups in Latin American countries such as Bolivia. At this webinar experts from the US, China, Britain, Bolivia, India and other countries will discuss whether the outcome of the US presidential election will end, continue or change the tactics of the US in the New Cold War. The event will be broadcast in English and Chinese with simultaneous translation. It is jointly sponsored by No Cold War, the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, and Chongyang Institute, Renmin University of China. Tickets to the Zoom event are limited, so please register on Eventbrite if you wish to attend. We will also be live-streaming to No Cold War’s Youtube channel and Facebook page.

No to the New Cold War

A zoom meeting with this title is scheduled for Sat, July 25, 2020.


A New Cold War on China is against the interests of humanity.

We note the increasingly aggressive statements and actions being taken by the US government in regard to China. These constitute a threat to world peace and are an obstacle to humanity successfully dealing with extremely serious common issues which confront it such as climate change, control of pandemics, racist discrimination and economic development.

We therefore believe that any New Cold War would run entirely counter to the interests of humanity. Instead we stand in favour of maximum global cooperation in order to tackle the enormous challenges we face as a species.

We therefore call upon the US to step back from this threat of a Cold War and also from other dangerous threats to world peace it is engaged in including: withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement; withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Accords; and its increasing disengagement from UN bodies. The US should also stop pressuring other countries to adopt such dangerous positions.

We support China and the US basing their relations on mutual dialogue and centring on the common issues which unite humanity.

More details can be found here.

Posted on 24/7/2020

12th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
13 – 17 July 2020

The 12th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held from 13 to 17 July 2020, in Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Competition is presented by the Centre for Human Rights based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University and the United Nations Human Rights Council Branch (HRCB) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Competition will be held in English, French and Spanish. You can find more information about this event, including invitations in several languages, on its site.

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.

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


Download the flyer here.

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.

For more information, download the flyer here.


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.


Download the flyer here.

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


Download the flyer here.

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.