Yong Zhou

Postdoctoral Fellow - Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
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Academic interests

International human rights law, minority and indigenous peoples´ rights, anthropological/sociological studies of law, environmental law, water law, energy law, law and sustainable development, Chinese law in global context.

Courses taught

2018 - 2020 

EDS245 Human Rights and Development, International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), https://www.nmbu.no/course/EDS245?studieaar=2019

  • 2019 - Legal Anthropology, East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai 
  • 2019 - KIN4540 Law and Ethnicity in China, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
  • 2016 - 2019 HUMR5508 Commitment and Compliance of Human Rights Conventions 
  • 2017 - 2018 JUS5710 Human Rights and Law in China 
  • 2015 - “Indigenous rights and education”, The Oslo Global School course in 2015
  • 2006 - KIN4023 - Anthropology/Sociology in China, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
  • 2004 - “Ethnic Challenges and State Response, China as a Case”, master courses at NCHR; 
  • 1999 - The Fourth Chinese Law Short Course, NCHR, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
  • 1996 - Legal Anthropology, Minzu University of China, Beijing

Academic background and work experience

I hold four law degrees from Norway ( PhD, University of Oslo), UK (LLM, University of Nottingham), and China (LLB, East China University of Politics and Law; Master of Law, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences). Since 1989, I have done research, teaching and program administration at the Institute of Nationality Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Sami Centre, University of Tromsø; Lauterpacht Centre for International Law & Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge with focus on international human rights law, minorities and indigenous peoples´ rights, sustainable development governance. I was employed as Associate Professor (1996 - 2003) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. I am Guest Professor at Minzu University of China (Beijing), and Adjunct professor at the East China University of Politics and Law (Shanghai), and the South-Central China University of Nationalities (Wuhan). 

I was an invited speaker by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) at the UN Forum on the Beijing-Oslo Recommendations for the Protection of Linguistic Minorities´ Rights in the Palais des Nations, Geneva; and the WuZelin Ethno-culture Memorial Lecturer on Indigenous Peoples´ Self-Determined Development at Tsinghua University (Beijing, 2019) in China. 

I acted as an independent expert for NOVIB and the Norwegian Ethic Council to evaluate several projects including the Dutch-China Legal Aid program. During 2003 - 2015, I worked as a researcher as well as program director of the China-Norwegian research/teaching cooperation on law and ethnic affairs funded by the NORAD at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. 

Present position 

Norwegian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of Law, University of Oslo & Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Awards and scholarships

  • 1997-1999 British FCO Chevening Scholarship
  • 1996 Excellent Academic Research Award, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


University of Cambridge, UK

MIASU, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge is the partner of the Norwegian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow during 2019 - 2022.

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China

Research fellow of the CASS key project on the Social and Economic Development of Minority Nationalities in China, and published research results include: 

Oroqin Hunters Rights to Forest, Autonomy and Sustainable Development, in Liu Xiaocun ed., Oroqin Autonomous Banner, Economic and Social Report of the Minority Nationalities´ Region in China, Pp. 45-87, China Social Sciences Publishing House, Beijing, 2018.

ISBN: 978-7-5203-2777-0 

Hydropower Development and Sustainable Governance in Tibet, in Fang Sumei ed. Share and Development Studies in Himalaya Region, Pp. 195-214, Series of the Tibet Think-tank at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Vol. 1, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), 2019. ISBN: 978-7-5201-4856-6 

Tags: International human rights law, China, Minority and indigenous peoples rights, Energy law, Environmental law, Law and sustainable development
Published Feb. 6, 2020 3:14 PM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2020 10:40 PM