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Main University Research Centers in Asia

China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Nowadays, there is a wide concern about “human rights education” in Asia, especially in various private and public universities. Since the late 1980s, there has been a trend that led many law schools in Asian universities to have their own human rights centres. These academic institutes, inter alia, undertake an important role in human rights information, education, dissemination, and in the enhancement of human rights awareness.

These pages are a guide to the main academic centers of private and public universities in Asia on the subject of human rights, peace, immigration, women's rights, minorities, and discrimination. It aims at providing an overview of academic institutes related to human rights issues in Asia. The research maps the university centers in the following countries: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Data are updated to July, 2015.

The methods used in this research are:

  • Using the academic network: finding a new university institute by one known institute who has established forms of cooperation with the former one;
  • Researching regional human rights related websites (such as https://www.hurights.or.jp/english/) and checking the academic supports from university institutes;
  • searching directly in search engines with key words, such as “human rights centers Asia” or “university human rights institutes in Asia”.

The research and the web pages have been prepared by an intern at Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua: Xu Juefei.

If you want to suggest a Centre which has not been included in the mapping, please write a message to centro.dirittiumani@unipd.it.

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