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Seminar on"Human Rights Law Curriculum System and Teaching Material Construction" was successfully held

On December 9, 2017, from 14: 00-17: 30 pm, Seminar on "Human Rights Law Curriculum System and Teaching Material Construction" sponsored by Renmin Law School Human Rights Research Center of Renmin University of China was held at Mingde Law Building, Room 205.

The meeting was presided over by Professor Zhu Liyu, including participants from Human Rights Research Center of Renmin University of China, China University of Political Science and Law, University of International Business and Economics, Chinese People,s Public Security University, Nankai University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China Human Rights Council, Fudan University, Wuhan University , Shanxi University of Finance and Economics, Northwest University of Political Science, International Relations, Southwest University of Political Science and Law. More than 20 experts and scholars conducted in-depth discussions on the discipline construction and curriculum of human rights law.

The meeting began with the speech by Associate Professor Lu Haina, Secretary-General of Human Rights Research Center of Renmin University of China. Professor Lu briefly explained the preparations for the meeting and thanked all the participating experts. She put forward two points. First, she proposed that this conference should be a practice-oriented one, and briefly introduced the course of human rights law education at the human rights base of Renmin University, Since the beginning of 2013, education of human rights law has been carried out. The target of enrollment is students who don¡¯t have law bachelor¡¯s degree and the three-year schooling system. At present, the employment situation of the two graduates is very good; In terms of curriculum, there are currently 4 compulsory courses, namely, "International Law of Human Rights", "Practice and Analysis of the European Court of Human Rights," "Human Rights Law," and "Disability Rights Clinics." It is planned to adjust the master,s degree of human rights law to "Business and Human Rights" (Master of Laws), which is practically oriented and taught by domestic and foreign experts. This is also an adjustment made according to the nature of the Master of Laws and the needs of the market. Teacher Lu also pointed out that the use of teaching materials, but also a combination of domestic and foreign teaching materials. The second is the personal feelings about the teaching and subject development of human rights law. The teaching of human rights law is closely linked with the development of disciplines. However, at present, the discipline of human rights law is in a weak position. Academic journals seldom publish human rights law articles and lack many practical resources. Finally, Teacher Lu proposed a question: Should human rights law be upgraded to an independent discipline? Does the current system of human rights and teaching materials require some degree of unification?

Experts and scholars have held heated discussions on the two aspects of discipline construction and teaching material construction:

Professor Liu Haian, honorary academician of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Director of the Center for Human Rights Studies, said he was very interested in this topic. He put forward his own views on the teaching materials

Professor Zhang Wanhong, vice president of Institute of Human Rights at Wuhan University, would like to allow students to discuss in class rather than traditional textbooks based on materials such as cases. A growing number of specialized master,s / doctoral programs, such as professional courses on gender and human rights, anti-employment discrimination, are necessary to promote teaching by case and case methodology and update of teaching materials.

Professor Zhang Yonghe, executive director of Southwest University of Political Science and Law Human Rights Institute, said that disciplinary construction affects the construction of teaching materials and disciplines, which is the prerequisite for the development of human rights law.

Professor Han Dayuan, director of the Center for Human Rights Studies at Renmin University of China, raised the question on Professor Zhang Yonghe,s speech whether human rights law can become an independent subject. Human rights law is very important, but is it necessary to set up a second-level discipline in human rights law? The key is to consider from five aspects, namely, whether there is an independent curriculum system, textbook system, research object, legal services market and student employment in human rights law.

Professor Ban Wenzhan, vice president of Institute of Human Rights Studies, China University of Political Science and Law also expressed his own opinion. He said that there is no problem with the proof of relevance proposed by Professor Han, but there are still some problems in the construction of teaching materials.

Professor Zhang Wei from the Human Rights Research Institute of China University of Political Science and Law pointed out that from a practical point of view, students who have learned human rights law into society will implement many human rights concepts and values into practice, such as equality between men and women, environmental issues, labor protection issues, etc.

Northwestern University of Political Science and Law Institute of Human Rights Vice President, School of International Law, Professor Wang Xiumei said that human rights law is permeable to the entire legal system.

Professor Lu Zhian, executive deputy director of Fudan University,s National Center for Human Rights Education and Training, believes that subject issues are a complex issue.In theory, human rights cover every part of the law, but the problem is the ambiguity of the boundaries.
Professor Xiao Junyong, a professor of law at the School of International Relations, talked about teaching content and methods. With regard to the characteristics of educational objects in the new era, both the integrity of knowledge and the vividness of teaching methods should be taken into account so as to achieve the teaching effect.

Professor Liu Xiaonan from Institute of Human Rights Studies, China University of Political Science and Law, speaking from the development track and method of human rights disciplines in Northern Europe and Europe, starts with a very loose interdisciplinary approach£¬There is a certain degree of similarity between China and Europe.

Chinese People,s Public Security University Law School lecturer Dr. Guoxu proposed that according to the effect of the Public Security University,s establishment of a human rights law course, public security colleges and universities account for a large proportion of public security courses in their curricula, and 14 lectures on legal major courses Small proportion, and then for all students to set up a special course of human rights law is not realistic.

Professor Gu Chunde, a consultant for the Human Rights Research Center of Renmin University of China, believes that the development center of China,s human rights law should be placed on the theory and practice of human rights with Chinese characteristics.
Dr. Jiao Zhuowei, a lecturer at Law School of Nankai University and a full-time researcher at the Center for Human Rights Studies proposed that disciplinary construction and teaching material construction are both problems of supply of knowledge. There is a demand for supply. The discipline of human rights law is worth looking forward to.

Professor Zhao Jianwen, a researcher at the Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and director of the International Court of Human Rights, also expressed his hope and support for the elevation of human rights law as a secondary subject.

Mr. Fang Ming, editor in chief of Renmin University of China published a series of articles on general education. As a discipline basis, the course of studying human rights law for different majors in the whole university is very favorable to the promotion of human rights law.

At the end of the conference, Professor Zhu Liyu, Executive Director of Renmin University of China Human Rights Research Center, concluded that this meeting reached a consensus that human rights law should rise to an independent second-level legal science course. Specifically, eight universities should take the lead in human rights education set up two disciplines, and then filed a report with the Central Propaganda Department of the State Council. Through the joint efforts of all bases, human rights law became an independent second-level subject.

(Editor: ZHAN Hefei)¡¡

 
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