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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


29th November 2011

Rising China and Global Justice

Professor Ian Holliday (University of Hong Kong)

Two key features of contemporary international politics are the rise of China and a heightened interest in global justice. However, the relationship between the two is rarely explored. What impact might China’s growing great power status have on debates about global justice? How will the cross-border activism of the past 20 years be affected by Beijing’s looming presence in international society? The seminar addressed these questions by examining Chinese theory and practice in the context of international engagement with issues of global justice.

Ian Holliday is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Burma/Myanmar: issues of political development and reform inside the country, and issues of political engagement confronting actors in the wider world. His most recent publication is Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar. His teaching addresses dilemmas of humanitarian intervention in Burma/Myanmar and elsewhere. Each summer he directs the MOEI programme, which takes students to the Thai-Burma border and other parts of Southeast Asia to deliver intensive English language classes in marginalized and impoverished communities. He co-edits the journal Contemporary Politics and was a founding co-editor of Party Politics and of the Journal of Asian Public Policy. He currently serves on about a dozen journal editorial boards. He was educated at the University of Cambridge (BA/MA) and the University of Oxford (MPhil/DPhil). He taught at the University of Manchester in the 1990s and at City University of Hong Kong in the early 2000s. In the late 1990s he was a Fulbright scholar at New York University. From 2006 to 2011, he was Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.

Chair: Professor Andrew Gamble (FBA), Head of Department, POLIS

This talk was organised by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers, Department of Politics and International Studies.