Since the early 2000s, RWI has contributed to strengthened human rights education and research at Chinese universities through teachers training, curricula and library development, literature and publication support, and scholarships.
Over the years, we have collaborated with many top universities and academic institutes across China, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Fudan University, Peking University, Chinese University Political Science and Law, Wuhan University, Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Sichuan University and Yunnan University.
RWI contributed to an increase in university courses on human rights from less than a handful in 2001 to around one hundred in 2010.
Participants at the National Human Rights Education Annual Meeting, Wuhan 2015.
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) visit to RWI in Lund in 2018. The visit was part of a visit to Sweden by the editorial group of the first Chinese textbook on gender and human rights .
From left to right: Liu Huawen, Deputy Director of CASS Institute of International Law and Member of the UN Committee against Torture, Dai Ruijun, Researcher, and Sun Shiyan, Researcher.
National Human Rights Education Annual Meeting, Wuhan 2015
Peking University Human Rights Master Programme
In 2004, RWI supported the establishment of China’s first post-graduate level programme in human rights at Peking University Law School.
By 2020, close to 400 students had graduated from this unique programme. The graduates work in a variety of fields, such as academia, government, companies, law firms, and international and domestic NGOs.
Professor Bai Guimei and RWI China Programme Director Malin Oud welcoming the first group of students to the Human Rights Master Programme at Peking University, 2004
The programme offers six courses: International Charter of Human Rights; Human Rights and Rule of Law; International Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection; International Humanitarian Law; Business and Human Rights; and Lecture Series on Human Rights Protection, which includes a number of specific topics, such as human rights of women, rights of persons with disabilities, international refugees law, and human rights and the environment and more; as well as two e-learning courses on Introduction to International Human Rights Law and Research Methodology & Legal Writing.
The courses are taught by Peking University teachers and RWI visiting professors, as well as Chinese and international guest lecturers from international organisations, government agencies and civil society organisations. The programme also organizes relevant field visits and internships for the students.
Professor Wu Qing speaks to the students at the Peking University Human Rights Master Programme graduation ceremony, 2018
Interview with Wu Qing about the purpose of the Master Programme, 2018
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