Book Release: Rana Inboden on China and Global Human Rights

August 6, 2021

Rana Siu Inboden, an affiliate of the Asia Policy Program, recently published a book entitled China and the International Human Rights Regime, 1982-2017 (Cambridge University Press, 2021).  Dr. Inboden’s book explores China’s rising position in the world through the lens of China’s role in the international human rights regime.  She focuses on three major case studies: the drafting and adoption of the Convention against Torture and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council, and the International Labour Organization’s Conference Committee on the Application of Standards.  Through these cases,based on a range of documentary and archival research and extensive interview data, Dr. Inboden chronicles China’s subtle yet persistent efforts to constrain the international human rights regime.  Her book provides fresh insights into the motivations and influences driving China’s conduct and explores China’s rising position as a global power.