The Ireland-China Human Rights Academic Exchange

Building capacity within China on human rights issues is making, and will continue to make, an important contribution towards reform within China. In recognition of this, Development Cooperation Ireland made a grant of 80,000 Euro to the Irish Centre for Human Rights in 2005 to build upon and deepen the exchanges and debates of the EU-China Human Rights Network by establishing the Ireland-China Human Rights Academic Exchange.

The overall aim of the project was to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights in the People’s Republic of China by building on the relationship developed between the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

In April 2006, the Centre hosted its first expert level meeting under the auspices of the Ireland-China Academic Exchange Project. This meeting was followed in May 2006 by a visiting delegation from the People’s Procuratorate system of the People’s Republic of China. The delegation was received by NUI Galway president Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh and hosted by the Centre.

The project concluded in 2007.