Note from the director of the Stockholm office
Our newest addition in 2016, the Stockholm office aims to build the Institute’s presence in the Swedish capital.
Through our office in Stockholm, we aim to establish RWI as a go-to organisation in Sweden for knowledge and policy input within our thematic priority areas Fair and Efficient Justice, Economic Globalisation and Human Rights, People on the Move, and Inclusive Societies. RWI’s Stockholm office hosts regular human rights talks and roundtables with key Swedish actors and organisations throughout the year.
For more information about our work and activities in Stockholm, please contact RWI’s Stockholm office Director Malin Oud.
Malin Oud, Director of the Stockholm Office and China Programme Director
Malin Oud has over 20 years’ professional experience in the field of human rights, rule of law and sustainable development with her work focusing primarily on China. She has worked for international organisations, government agencies and multinational corporations, covering diverse issues such as freedom of expression, democracy, and business and human rights. She is currently the Director of RWI’s Stockholm Office and China Programme, having initially joined the Institute over twenty years ago as Director of the Beijing Office.
Oud is an adviser to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, a member of the Advisory Boards of Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin, and was in 2023 appointed by the Swedish government to serve in the Expert Group for Aid Studies. In 2011-2016, Oud 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.
Oud’s current research interests include China’s ambitions as international norm entrepreneur and standard-setter at the UN, and she is co-editor and co-author of the publication The Decoding China Dictionary, a guide for policy-makers on China’s interpretation and understanding of key terms in international relations and development cooperation. She is an experienced public speaker, moderator, and expert commentator in Swedish media and international policy forums. Oud studied Chinese language, social anthropology and international human rights law in Lund, Kunming, and London, and holds an MA in International Development from Melbourne University.
- Malin Oud & Katja Drinhausen (eds.), The Decoding China Dictionary (2nd edition), March 2023,www.decodingchina.eu
- Malin Oud, ’Wertekonflikte: Was bedeutet das Menschenrechtsverständnis der Kommunistischen Partei für die wirtschaftlichen und politischen Beziehungen der EU zu China?’, in Russwurm & Gönner (eds.) Wie gestalten wir unsere Beziehungen zu China?, Verlag Herder 2022, https://www.herder.de/geschichte-politik/shop/p4/76363-wie-gestalten-wir-unsere-beziehungen-zu-china-kartonierte-ausgabe/
- Malin Oud, ‘Embedding Human Rights in European and US China Policy’, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Policy Paper, May 22, 2022, https://www.gmfus.org/news/embedding-human-rights-european-and-us-china-policy
- 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, The National Bureau of Asian Research Special Report No 87, Aug 25, 2020, https://www.nbr.org/publication/harmonic-convergence-china-and-the-right-to-development/
Sample speaking engagements and media interviews
- ‘Climate and human rights for business practitioners.’ Side event at the United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum in Bangkok, 6 June 2023, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/malin-oud-a9947a1_rbhrf2023-bizhumanrights-activity-7072181227612512256-h03y?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop
- ‘Making a difference: Working with human rights in challenging contexts.’ Presentation for the European External Action Service Working Party on Human rights in Stockholm, 22 May 2023, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/malin-oud-a9947a1_cohom-eu2023se-cohom-activity-7066409674555691008-jVHT?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop
- ‘Trade with China: All supply chains lead to Xinjiang, what do we do about that?’ Keynote at Ethical Trading Initiative Norway annual conference in Oslo, 20 April 2023
- ‘Decoding the vocabulary of Chinese foreign policy’, The German Marshall Fund’s China Global Podcast, 11 April 2023, https://www.gmfus.org/news/decoding-vocabulary-chinese-foreign-policy
- On China at the UN, Swedish Radio China podcast, 29 March 2023, https://www.podplay.com/sv-se/podcasts/kinapodden-i-p1-409497/episodes/sa-vill-kina-hacka-de-manskliga-rattigheterna-136779746
- ‘How to understand what the CCP is saying’, MERICS China Podcast, 17 March 2023, https://merics.org/en/podcast/how-understand-what-ccp-saying-katja-drinhausen-and-malin-oud
- On the human rights- and geopolitical aspects of the Olympic Games, commentary on Discovery channel throughout the Beijing Winter Olympics, February 2022
- ‘Human rights and global trade: How can transatlantic partners in the public and private sectors embed human rights in their global value chains?’ Keynote at the Future of Transatlantic Relations Conference in Hamburg, 8 Dec 2022, https://www.helmut-schmidt.de/fotar2022
- ‘Supply chain due diligence in China: Responsible business conduct in light of the OHCHR report on Xinjiang.’ Presentation at Ethical Trading Initiative Sweden in Stockholm, 17 Nov 2022, https://etisverige.se/aktuellt/leverantorsarbete-i-kina-efter-fns-rapport-om-xinjiang/
- On diplomatic Olympic boycotts and China’s recent white paper on democracy, Swedish Radio China podcast, 15 Dec 2021, https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/sa-drillas-barnen-i-det-kommunistiska-kina
- On how China seeks to redefine democracy and human rights, Bloomberg News, 9 Dec 2021,https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-09/china-moves-to-redefine-democracy-to-justify-authoritarian-rule
- On US-China climate cooperation and multilateralism, The Guardian, 20 July 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/20/us-seeks-cooperation-with-china-on-climate-but-not-at-any-price
- ‘Xi Jinping’, Spotify Dictators podcast, May 2021, https://open.spotify.com/episode/3PWoowEuqpPSIhtAi6TxOa?si=6412ede1257f43c6
- ‘Decoding China’s diplomatic discourse’, CSIS China Power podcast, 16 April 2021 https://chinapower.csis.org/podcasts/decoding-chinas-diplomacy-discourse/
- On China’s post-Covid recovery, Swedish Radio programme Konflikt, March 2021, https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1686528
- On how to interpret China’s official discourse, Swedish Radio China podcast, 12 March 2021, https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1688138
- ‘Mao Zedong’, Spotify Dictators podcast, Sept 2020, https://open.spotify.com/episode/1kLFGI4JwBehnirzFLygcC
- On the escalating conflict between China and the USA, Swedish Radio programme Godmorgon Världen, 26 July 2020, https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=438&artikel=7521265&fbclid=IwAR2QglPG7ihP4O-gAMtvfFBKaEgFMGcnKpZKw4LataIhRIKmbfRH_q3BTwk
Keywords: Business and human rights, human rights and the environment, human rights and development, China