The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary unit composed of faculty members whose teaching and research focus primarily on China, Japan, Korea, and bordering areas.
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Featured Fall Course: China and International Human Rights
LAW-643: Monday/Wednesday 3:00-4:20pm, taught by Dr. Jacques deLisle
China officially accepts universal international human rights norms, has acceded to many of the major international legal instruments governing human rights, and has participated extensively in United Nations Human Rights bodies and other components of the international human rights regime. Yet, China’s human rights record faces serious, extensive and multifaceted criticisms from Chinese sources, international human rights NGOs and foreign states, including the United States. China’s responses (both official and unofficial) have ranged widely, from disputing over the facts, to debating the content, priority and interpretation of applicable human rights norms, to arguing about internationally legally permissible means for promoting or protecting human rights, to critiquing human rights violations and shortcomings elsewhere. Inside China and from abroad, activists, scholars and reformers have invoked human rights in their efforts to promote change in China. This course will address and examine these issues through a brief review of Chinese approaches to human rights in the pre-1990s period and a much more extensive consideration of contemporary issues, covering themes in Chinese approaches to international human rights, selected areas of human rights and law in China. There will be several guest speakers expert in subfields of Chinese human rights and a portion will be co-taught by Professor Johannes Chan of the University of Hong Kong. The principal requirement for the course is a take-home essay exam on an open-ended topic. A paper may be substituted for the exam, with the permission of the instructor. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are welcome. No prior coursework in law is assumed or required.
East Asian Area Studies Major and Minor
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