International Human Rights Law in China: Does It Make a Difference?
Speaker: Professor Shiyan Sun, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International Law, CASS; Visiting Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
Discussant: Dr Eva Pils, Reader in Transnational Law, King's College London
Chair: Sonya Sceats, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
China has been an active participant in the international human rights legal system since the early 1980s. However, this engagement has not been without controversy and has often been met with cynicism outside China. This roundtable provides a rare opportunity to hear about the domestic impact of China’s engagement with the international human rights system from one of China’s foremost experts in this area.
What are the key drivers of China’s engagement with the international human rights system and how should China’s failure to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights be understood? At the domestic level, how has international human rights law been used to facilitate the promotion and protection of human rights and what are the key obstacles?