Teaching International Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms in China
The NCHR has since 2017 supported Norwegian experts to teach in the annual Human Rights Summer School at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). This summer, NCHR director Professor Bård A. Andreassen and NCHR Professor Gentian Zyberi gave online lectures in the Summer School from 7-15 July.
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NCHR Professor Gentian Zyberi, who is also a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, gave lectures in two sessions, on "The Function and Work of the Human Rights Committee" and " Human Rights Challenges and Achievements " respectively. Professor Bård A. Andreassen held a lecture on “Business and Human Rights". In addition, Professor Andreassen introduced the newly released "Norway Transparency Act" that entered into force on 1 July 2022.
Teaching international human rights for Chinese students
This year’s Summer School attracted more than 40 students from eight universities in China, including students from the host university, Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Jilin University, Nankai University, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and Zhengzhou University. In addition to undergraduates, the Summer School also attracted master students and doctoral candidates.
The Human Rights Summer School was well received among the participants and the students participating stated that they have benefited a lot from it. One of the participants said that "the Summer School has enriched my understanding of human rights. I am very grateful for this opportunity. I will also recommend this summer class to other students."
Prominent international human rights experts
Every year, the CUPL Human Rights Summer School attracts a wide range of international well-known experts and scholars with rich teaching and practical experience in the field of human rights. This year, the list of lecturers included Gudmundur Alfredsson, Brian Burdekin, Jonas Grimheden, Bert Lockwood, Dante Pesce, Christophe Peschoux and Florence Benoit-Rohmer, as well as the two professors from the NCHR. Their sessions covered various topics such as the Moral Philosophy of Human Rights, United Nations Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms, Civil and Political Rights, Economic and Social Rights, Women’s Human Rights, Human Rights Monitoring, Migration and Human Rights and European Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights, etc..