Oxford Prospects and Global Development Institute (OPGDI) hosts four conversations, within the series theme of “restoration”, between academics and policy makers.
This term’s four online conversations will explore some of the challenges in the current global context, where social and political unrest, economic disorder and ecological disaster are intersecting and intensifying divisions within and between nations. The series features experts in law, politics, international affairs, ecology and economics. Drawing upon their research and professional practice, they will offer insightful analysis into the complexities of conflict and division, guiding us to think more deeply on present crises – some of which can perhaps be transformed into opportunities for building and restoring global cooperation.
The first event is in partnership with Jilin University.
Sir Malcolm Evans is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol. He is a member and Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture and from 2014-2015 was Chair of the Meeting of Chairs of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. He is also a member of the UK Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group. From 2002–2013 he was a member of the OSCE ODIHR Advisory Council on the Freedom of Religion or Belief. He is currently Co-General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and Co-Editor in Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is also a member of the Commission on Religious Education established by the Religious Education Council and a Member of the Panel of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales established in 2015 by the Home Secretary. Major published works include: Religious Liberty and International Law in Europe (CUP, 1997), Preventing Torture (OUP, 1998), Protecting Prisoners (ed) (OUP, 1999), Combating Torture in Europe (Council of Europe, 2002), Manual on the Wearing of Religious Symbols in Public Areas (Council of Europe/Brill, 2009), The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OUP, 2011). He is also Editor of International Law (OUP, 4th ed, 2014) and Blackstone’s International Law Documents (OUP, 13th ed, 2017).
Zhipeng He is a Professor of International Law and Human Rights Law at School of Law, Jilin University, China where he serves as the Dean of School of Law. His main research interests are theories of international law, human rights, and legal education. He has published more than 200 academic articles and more than 20 books in these fields, with particular emphasis on the position and views of China. He is an executive board member of the Chinese Society of International Law. He was promoted as Chang Jiang Scholar (one of the highest academic titles in China) in 2016 and was selected as one of the "Top Ten Jurists in China" in 2017. He has published several books on human rights including: Basic Theories of Rights: Reflections and Reconstructions; Right to Development and the System of the EU; Theoretical Issues of Human Rights Globalization.
Myra Blyth is a tutorial fellow in Theology and Ecumenical Studies at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. Her research explores the interface between theology and society, with specific attention to Restorative Justice. Between 2016 and 2019, with colleagues in Oxford, Sheffield and Ulster, she led an ethnographic research project on the place of forgiveness within Restorative Justice, and she is currently developing plans for a UK-China symposium in 2021 on Restorative Justice philosophy and practice.