China’s impact on international human rights law

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    The People’s Republic of China’s (‘China’) leadership has long expressed itself committed to the idea of independent, sovereign nation-states and the principle of non-interference. Still, its current leader, Xi Jinping, has also stated that ‘as the global governance system is going through a critical period of adjustment and change, we must actively participate in the formulation of international rules and become participants, promoters, and leaders in the process of global governance changes,’ leaving the desired direction of such changes open and giving rise to lively debates about China’s growing international influence across different academic fields, as well as among policymakers, diplomats, and civil society actors. Some critical observers have argued that there is a possibility of the emergence of ‘authoritarian international law.’ In contrast, others have associated China’s global rise with the exercise of ‘ sharp power – or indeed with global ‘disarray.’ This paper assesses how the party-state uses coercive and discursive power in interacting with the international human rights law framework and its institutions. Engaging critically with the ‘authoritarian law’ and the ‘sharp power’ theses argues that explicitly critical and normatively grounded conceptions of law and power are required to understand and respond to the corrosive and corrupting effects of power exercising UN-based international human rights law.
    Aikajakso15 kesäkuuta 2022
    Tapahtuman tyyppiMuu
    SijaintiHelsinki, Suomi
    Vaikuttavuus / laajuusKansainvälinen