Webinar: Climate Justice, Grassroots Activism and Human Rights Law (27 September)
Towards Stockholm +50
2022 is the 50th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. On 28-29 September we organised, together with China Dialogue, a conference highlighting the anniversary. Towards Stockholm+50: ‘China’s Role in Global Environmental Governance.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons in a Pandemic
RWI presents a new publication on the rights of persons with disabilities in a pandemic, in collaboration with two teams of Chinese disability-rights scholars and activsts.
Human Rights Education and Academic Cooperation
Learn more about our Human Rights Master Programme at Peking University.
Gender Equality and Human Rights
RWI works to strengthen gender and human rights teaching at Chinese universities.
Engaging with Chinese counterparts on the social, human rights and environmental impacts of ‘Global China’ and Chinese overseas investments.
The Decoding China Dictionary
A guide to understanding the Chinese meaning of key terms in international relations and development cooperation.
The China Programme
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute initiated activities in China in the mid-1990s, upon the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC). For more than two decades, we have worked to strengthen academic and justice institutions and networks for the promotion and protection of human rights in China.
Our current programme in China is mainly focused on strengthening human rights knowledge, understanding and skills within Chinese academia.
Our cooperation partners include Peking University, China University of Political Science and Law, and East-Lake Institute for Social Advancement in Wuhan. Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive capacity development programme particularly in the areas of human rights and gender equality, anti-discrimination and the rights of persons with disabilities.
In step with China’s growing economic power and influence around the world, there is growing interest among different stakeholders to engage with Chinese counterparts on the social, human rights and environmental impacts of ‘Global China’ and Chinese overseas investments.
Together with our partners China Dialogue, Mahidol University, Made in China Journal and City University of Hong Kong RWI has developed a range of initiatives focusing on China’s global impacts and role in multilateral issues related to human rights, the environment and sustainable development.
Our China programme is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.
Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven meets with RWI’s Chinese cooperation partners in RWI’s office in Beijing, 2015
Sida Director General Carin Jämtin meeting with RWI partners at Peking University in 2019
The latest news and articles from The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
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China Programme Staff
Malin Oud is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm Office, and also heads the Institute’s China Programme as well as its thematic work on Business and Human Rights. Malin has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of human rights and sustainable development, and has worked as a programme manager and advisor with international organisations, government agencies, multinational corporations, as well as non-governmental organisations.
Malin is a Member of the Advisory Boards of the Berlin-based think-tank Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin, and an Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights. In 2011-2016, Malin founded and managed the consultancy Tracktwo. Prior to that, she managed initiatives for democracy and freedom of expression at the Swedish International Development Agency. From 2001 to 2009, she was based in Beijing as the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s China office director. She studied Chinese language, Chinese law and international human rights law in Lund, Kunming, and London, and has an MA in International Development from Melbourne University. Malin is a regular public speaker, moderator, and expert commentator in Swedish media.
- Malin Oud and Katja Drinhausen (eds.), The Decoding China Dictionary, March 3, 2021, https://decodingchina.eu/
- Malin Oud and Sam Geall, “The Road to Kunming, and Why It Matters”, Oct 22, 2020, https://rwi.lu.se/blog/road-to-kunming/
- Malin Oud, “Harmonic Convergence. China and the Right to Development”, in An Emerging China-Centric Order. China’s Vision for a New World Order in Practice, ed. Nadège Rolland, NBR Special Report No 87, Aug 25, 2020, https://www.nbr.org/publication/harmonic-convergence-china-and-the-right-to-development/
- Malin Oud, “QuizRR Impact Assessment: evaluation assessing the relevance and effectiveness of educational tool QuizRR in select factories in China”, Oct 22, 2018, https://rwi.lu.se/publications/quizrr-impact-assessment-for-axfoundation/
Sample media interviews
- CSIS China Power podcast on “Decoding China’s diplomatic discourse” https://chinapower.csis.org/podcasts/decoding-chinas-diplomacy-discourse/
- Swedish Radio podcast ‘Kina-podden’ on “Decoding China’s official discourse” https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1688138
- Swedish Radio programme ‘Konflikt’ on China one year into the pandemic https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1686528
- Swedish news bureau TT on Chinese “vaccine diplomacy” https://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/vaccindiplomati-mot-fattiga-l%C3%A4nder-1.40726803
- The National Bureau of Asian Research podcast on “Exploring China’s Push for a New World Order” https://www.nbr.org/publication/exploring-chinas-push-for-a-new-world-order/
- Spotify podcast ‘Dictators’, on Mao Zedong https://open.spotify.com/episode/1kLFGI4JwBehnirzFLygcC
- Swedish Radio programme ’Godmorgon Världen’ on the escalating US-China conflict https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=438&artikel=7521265&fbclid=IwAR2QglPG7ihP4O-gAMtvfFBKaEgFMGcnKpZKw4LataIhRIKmbfRH_q3BTwk
- Swedish Television programme ‘Agenda’ on how China is handling the corona virus epidemic https://www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/kinaexpert-dynamiken-som-fanns-under-sars-upprepar-sig
- Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on the pandemic and Chinese crisis management https://www.svd.se/kinesisk-krishantering-foljer-bekant-monster
- Swedish news bureau TT on the new Swedish government strategy on China https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/VbLbv6/ny-svensk-strategi-for-kina
- Swedish Radio programme ‘Konflikt’ on China’s legal system and international human rights law https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1253374
- Swedish Radio programme ’Studio Ett’ on Sweden-China relations https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/7131790
Sample speaking engagements
- “What Role for the EU in the US-China Global Power Struggle?” at SVT Forum
- “How to Work with Democracy and Human Rights in Difficult Contexts” at CSO Forum organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
- “European Perspectives on China Debates and Policies” at Transatlantic China Symposium on organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Asia Society
- “The People’s Republic at 70: Domestic Trajectories” at 22nd Stockholm-China Forum, organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
- “The New Swedish Government Strategy on China”, organized by Stockholm Free World Forum
- “Human rights, the SDGs and the Role of Investors“, organized by Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development and Sida
- “Global trade and the rules-based world order” with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, organized by the European Commission in Sweden
- “Human Rights and the Environment” at Conference Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, organised by the EU Delegation to Singapore
- “The State of Democracy and Human Rights in the World”, lecture for Swedish national public TV broadcaster SVT foreign correspondents
- “Decoding the 19th Communist Party Congress” at the 19th Stockholm China Forum, organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
- “Sweden-China relations” at Folk och Försvars Rikskonferens [Society and Defence Annual Conference], 15 Jan 2019, Sälen, Sweden
- “Kinadagen i Almedalen” [China Day in Almedalen], 2012-2017, https://www.facebook.com/kinadagen
- “How is the EU Navigating a More Authoritarian World?”, organized by the European Commission in Sweden and Global Utmaning, Almedalsveckan
- “Human rights and Environmental Sustainability – Why Should We Bother to Work Integrated?” organized by Sida
Keywords: Business and human rights, human rights and the environment, human rights and development, China
Chen Ting Ting
Ting Ting holds a MSc degree in Poverty Reduction and Development Management at Birmingham University. She has worked with RWI in Beijing from 2002, focusing on academic sector cooperation projects. Before joining RWI, Tingting worked at a Women’s Income Generating Project in Xinjiang Province in western China.
Yi-Chia currently works as a Programme Associate at the RWI Head Office in Lund.
She focuses on various projects related to Global China. Prior to joining RWI, she worked for different NGOs in Cambodia and Thailand, and assisted academic cooperation in Taiwan. Yi-Chia has always been passionate about human rights and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Studies from Lund University. Her specialisation is migration and refugee studies. Yi-Chia’s interest in the Global South led her to conduct her exchange studies at the American University in Cairo in Egypt, and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Helena has a Master Degree in Political Science with focus on Human Rights, Peace and Democracy from Lund University. She has worked with development, human rights and in the humanitarian field since 2001, for Swedish Embassies/Sida and UNHCR in Central and South America; at Sida Headquarters Humanitarian Team in Stockholm; and subsequently with academic institutions and NHRIs in Sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East and North Africa; and South/Southeast Asia since she joined the Institute in 2010.
Between 2016 and 2018 she led the development and start-up of a new regional Asia team and office in Jakarta, and of regional programmes focusing on human rights and environment/climate change, as well as the integration of human rights into Agenda 2030 plans in the region.
She was also team leader of the thematic focus area People on the Move 2016-2017, and currently leads an internal working group of human rights and local governments.