Seminar series on UN Human Rights Mechanism and the Norwegian practice in China
More than 60 young Chinese and international PhD and master students participated in the seminar series 2-7 July on UN Human Rights Mechanisms in Beijing.
Petter Wille together with the young scholars. (Photo: UiO)
Invited by the Institute for Human Rights at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Petter Wille, Director of the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution, lectured on international human rights law focusing on UN Treaty Body System and human rights practices in Norway.
Norwegian human rights practices
The participants were eager to learn about the Norwegian system of protecting, monitoring and implementing human rights. Among the issues that were discussed was the role of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in monitoring the implementation of human rights in Norway.
Wille emphasized that the NHRI is mandated to advise the Parliament, the Government and the Sami Parliament on human rights issues. Furthermore, the Human Rights Act and the role of the courts in applying international human rights standards were discussed. Through mutual communication, the Chinese young scholars gained a better understanding of the Norwegian practice.
Wille has travelled to China several times as an expert on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms under the auspices of NCHR's International Department.