Seminar:The Role of Human Rights in China’s International Economic Relations

March 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 1601 East-West Road, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125 (3rd Floor)

Over the past decade, China has expanded its international economic relationships while also intensifying political and policy pressure advancing Beijing’s human rights positions. Despite international legal standards to the contrary, China has promoted a human rights discourse that elevates stability and economic accumulation over political and civil rights. China’s increased assertiveness over its particular human rights standards and conduct is evident in its trade and investment relationships. Examining case studies of regional (including Belt and Road) and bilateral relations (including the recent imbroglio with Canada), this talk will examine how trade and investment relationships reflect and promote China’s evolving orthodoxy on human rights. Pitman B. Potter is Professor of Law at the Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia and currently a Visiting Scholar of the East-West Center. He has published 16 books and over 100 articles examining a wide range of issues in business law and human rights. Dr. Potter has served on the Boards of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Distinguished Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition to his academic work, he has been deeply involved in policy advising and legal practice on China.

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Free, open to the public

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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