Creating a culture of human rights education in China

Rhona Smith, Guimei Bai

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Abstract

It is an honour to be asked to write a paper for this volume marking the life and work of Katarina Tomaševski. Among the many facets of her career was an abiding active interest in education, whether as professor, UN Special Rapporteur, researcher or human rights advocate and practitioner. Human rights education attracted her attention: in 2003, she undertook a site visit to China in her role as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education. Her resultant report was controversial within China. Nevertheless she accepted the opportunity to return to China from 2005–2006 as Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the Peking University Law School, a position she unfortunately was unable to take up (though she guest lectured to masters students on the right to education). It is thus perhaps appropriate that this contribution is jointly authored by Professor Bai Guimei, Executive Director of the Research Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and head of its Human Rights Master Programme, and Professor Rhona Smith, the fifth and final RWI Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Peking University Law School.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOnline Festschrift in Honour of Katarina Tomaševski
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2011

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