Institute for Human Rights, China University of Political Science and Law
The Institute for Human Rights is an interdisciplinary research institute of human rights and humanitarian affairs at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). It was set up in June 2002 to promote, support and carry out high education on human rights and humanitarian law and conduct relevant researches. It was named as Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law by Prof. Xianming Xu, then President of CUPL. In 2011, thanks to the first Chinese National Human Rights Action Plan, the Institute was recognised as one of the three national bases for human rights education and training by the Ministry of Education and China Society for Human Rights Studies. The Ministry of Education provides 13 positions for this Institute. In order to take a more interdisciplinary approach to human rights studies. CUPL authority decided to rename the Institute as Institute for Human Rights. The President of CUPL was invited to be the first Director. In the past years, the Institute invited academics and relevant professionals to join hands in hands working in the following areas: (i) advocating on the establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in China with the support of Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Swedish International Development Agency; (ii) drafting a feasibility study and legal opinion on a proposed national government act for the prevention of disabilities; (iii) delivering a shadow report to the CERD Committee on Chinese government report; (iv) providing human rights education and training programmes for university teachers, students and judges through a human rights law master and Ph.D. programmes, summer schools and workshops in China; and (v) celebrating Human Rights Day with other Chinese universities starting from 2005 through various activities, in particular with the EU Delegation to China in 2011. Since its very beginning, the Institute has been actively engaged in international cooperation with EU Human Rights Small Project, Nordic human rights Institutes, EIUC, the Ford Foundation, etc.
Professor Shiqiu Chen is a Member of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and was invited as a visiting professor of CUPL. He served as Chinese Ambassador to several states and UN Vienna Office. He is currently a Vice President of China Society for Human Rights Studies. He has spent most of his career working in the field of human rights and supported the NI project at CUPL as one of the researchers.
Dr. Wei Zhang is an Associate Professor, and the Co-Director of Institute for Human Rights at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). He completed his doctorate in Laws and bachelor of laws at CUPL in 2008 and 1995, and took his master study in International Human Rights Law at the University of Lund in Sweden from 1998 to 2000. Apart from formal academic degree programs, in the summer of 1998, Dr. Zhang participated in USIA-Lafayette College Academic Institute on American Federal Democracy as an USIA scholar. In the summer of 2000, he attended the 31st Study Session at International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In August 2007, Dr. Zhang was awarded as a SIDA Guest Scholar at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden. Prior to his academic career, between 1995 and 2002, Dr. Zhang served in the university administration acting from university Newspaper editor to international exchange program officer. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Zhang was appointed as the Deputy Director of the University Office responsible for the daily operation of university President as his executive, academic and Parliamentary secretary. He joined in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian law as one of the Deputy Directors in 2008, and became the first Co-Director of the Institute for Human Rights in 2011. Starting from 1998, Dr. Zhang has been actively promoting human rights education in China. For this purpose, he participated in the editing and translation of the first international human rights law teaching manual in Chinese, helped establish the first graduate program in human rights laws in China, and organized the first Human Rights Law Summer School in Beijing, which is open for all university students and academics. Since 2004, he has been advocating the establishment of an independent National Human Rights Institution (NI) in China. Most of his published articles are on the historical development of the NIs, mandates and powers and its legal relationships with other existing state organs. Dr. Zhang is very keen on the promotion of international exchanges and cooperation among universities. He served as a visiting scholar or professor to universities in U.S., Sweden, Norway, France, Austria, Greece, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Italy, Spain and Denmark etc.
Mr. Yichao Chen is a staff member in the department of State Laws at the Legislative Affairs Commission, the Standing Committee of Chinese National People’s Congress. He was one of the human rights law master students at CUPL. He studied in Iceland for a second Master Degree and took his internship in the Human Rights Bureau of the State Council Information Office. At CUPL, he actively participated in the NI project as a student assistant. He also contributed to the writing of the Institute’s shadow report to the CERD Committee.
Ms. Ruoyu Li is a full-time Editing & Publications Officer of the Institute for Human Rights in China University of Political Science and Law. Now she is in charge of a series of case-law books from European Court of Human Rights(ECHR), doing some translation and proofreading work. Each case-law book contains the most important cases in the recent two years chosen by the ECHR. She also as an assistant took part in some of the academic conferences held in the Institute for Human Rights. She participated in the First Human Rights Law Summer Course at CUPL in 2009 and will be a Doctor Student of Institute for Human Rights this autumn.
Ms. Zihan Yan is a Master Student of Institute for Human Rights at China University of Political Science and Law. She is doing her second Master Degree in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation student. She took her internship in Communication Office in European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. At CUPL, she was a program assistant in Institute for Human Rights and participated in the Third and Fourth Human Rights Law Summer Course. And she also as a student assistant took part in the Workshop on the Human Rights Protection and Judiciary in the local courts which cooperated with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Mr. Ming Niu is a Master Student of Institute for Human Rights at China University of Political Science and Law. He will become an administrative staff in the Education and Training Department of Institute for Human Rights. During his internship in State Council Information Office, he assisted in drafting the second National Human Rights Action Plan of China. He also participated in some research programs like “Democratic Legislation and Scientific Legislation”, “Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Disabled”. In 2013, he begins to serve as the FRAME project manager.