Celebrating 20-years of Academic Cooperation in Beijing
More than 50 Chinese and Nordic partners of the NCHR China Programme participated in the celebration of the 20th anniversary.
Hilde Salvesen, Honorary Professor Liu Hainien, Cecilie Figenschou Bakke, Honorary Dean and Professor Li Buyun, Minister Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, Mattis Raustøl and Yi Wang. (Photo: UiO)
The event was hosted at Temple Restaurant Hutong in Beijing where more than 50 of the China Programme's present or current partners gathered from across China.
Since 1997, the China Programme at the NCHR has supported legal education and research in China through cooperation projects with Chinese law schools. The cornerstone of NCHR’s work in China is long term involvement and close collaboration with Chinese academic partners.
Law Prize Laureate in China
The anniversary event in Beijing coincided with the NCHR China Programme being awarded the Li Buyun Law price. Honorary Dean, Professor Li Buyun was himself present at the anniversary event where he held one of the key note speeches.
When we announced the winner of the prize this year it was very emotional for me. I have known the China Programme for a long time, and the Committee which is composed of leading Chinese law experts, all thought that the programme was highly qualified to receive this price. I would like to thank you on behalf of partners here in China for your great contribution to human rights in China, and offer my personal respect. I hope we can continue our cooperation in the field of human rights in the future. - Professor Li Buyun
Hilde Salvesen, Director of NCHR International Department, underlined the importance of long-term relationships and academic cooperation in the field of human rights. She also delivered a written speech prepared by Lisa Stearns at the event. Stearns initiated and was head of the China Programme for its first ten years of operation.
There is a continuity in the issues that bring Norwegian and Chinese experts together in China Programme activities. The topics addressed by the International Human Rights Covenants and institutions are timeless. They challenge us all regardless of nationality. Twenty years ago, today, and for the foreseeable future they remind us of the perpetual need for international discussion and exchange. - Lisa Stearns
In her speech Mrs Salvesen also stressed that the cooperation with China has been possible thanks to generous support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was inspiring to meet so many partners of the China Programme throughout these 20 years. Strong bonds have been established and I was encouraged to see that the cooperation has meant so much to so many. - Hilde Salvesen
Professor Hans Petter Graver, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo (UIO) for eight years and previous chairman of the NCHR board, also conveyed his greetings from the leadership in Oslo, referring to the China Programme as a prime example of international cooperation at the UiO for 20 years.
Cecilie Figenschou Bakke, Director of the China Programme since 2006, in her speech thanked everyone who have worked at the Programme and all the experts in Norway and internationally who have engaged in cooperation projects. She also stressed how the Nordic cooperation has been vital to the milestones reached over these 20 years. Bakke's biggest thanks was extended to Chinese scholars and expert, for their willingness to work with the NCHR and for their continuous efforts to enhance human rights education and research at Chinese universities.