Each year, a team of LLM and MA students decides on a timely topic and organises a conference on Human Rights in Asia, with the support and supervision of HRC fellow, Dr Sanae Fujita, where experts from the region are invited to address these topics.
The conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and network with other students, researchers and human rights professionals interested in human rights issues in Asia. As well as deepening their understanding of human rights in Asia, the event also helps our student convenors to gain practical skills in conference organisation, a very useful asset for their future careers.
The 12th Human Rights in Asia Conference was held in July 2020 under the theme: “Human Trafficking”, topics covered human trafficking in Asia, international legal frameworks, and policies related to human trafficking. The annual conference was previously scheduled to take place on March 21 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had been postponed and revamped, and was held as a two-part series.
Part 1 – International and regional perspectives was held on Tuesday 7 July 2020. Speakers included Professor Parosha Chandran (Human Rights Barrister and Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law, King’s College London) and Sarah Mount (Freedom Fund).
Part 2 – National Perspectives with a focus on Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and India was held on Thursday 9 July 2021. Speakers included Hannah Bondi (CHRI), Veerawit Tianchainan (The Freedom Story), Giang Nguyen (News Editor, BBC Vietnamese World Service) and Shovita Dhakal Adhikari (University of Bournemouth).