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Conference on International Cooperation in Human Rights and the Chinese Perspective

On 22-23 October 2016, ISS professor Karin Arts participated in a large Conference on ‘International Cooperation in Human Rights and the Chinese Perspective’ in Beijing, organized by the Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

China2Her well-received presentation on ‘China and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ was based on the documents generated in the latest round of China’s state reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and on the data on China in the KidsRights index.

The Conference was an excellent opportunity to renew contact with ISS alumna (diploma in International Law and organization for Development) Prof. Zhua Xiaqing (left in the picture, and currently working on China and the UN) and to get to know Prof. Jiang Ziahong (right in the picture and currently working among others on human rights in EU trade policy).China1

On 9 November 2015, GGSJ Researcher Ward Warmerdam successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the ISS.

Ward_Warmedam_02With the title “Having, Giving, Taking: Understanding China’s Development Cooperation in Africa“, Dr. Warmerdam argued his thesis, which was supervised by Professor Mohamed Salih, Professor Max Spoor and Dr. Arjan de Haan, on how China has emerged as an important development actor on the continent. As noted in the abstract to his thesis:

In the last decade or so China has re-emerged as an important actor in the international development cooperation arena at a time when development cooperation was undergoing reflection and critical revaluations in many traditional donor countries. The academic and policy debate on China’s re-emergence as a donor has been divided between proponents who saw a new hope for the developing world, where lessons for the developing world could be drawn. Opponents or critics, on the other hand, posed a critical stand against China’s non-adherence to the common standards, principles and practices of traditional donors considered fruits of decades long international development experience.
However, despite a myriad of publications on China international development policy and practice, much is still needed to fully grasp its architecture.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Warmerdam on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!

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