In the first half of 2021, SINOPO has been consistently working on the publication task of the project. Other than policy reports that we posted earlier, our first journal article – Digital Inclusion For Persons with Disabilities in China under Covid-19: How Far has China come? – has been published by Frontier of Law in China this April. This article was developed based on our report on the Chinese accessibility policy for persons with disabilities. As of now, any reader can reach this article by open access. Just check the journal website! Soon our second journal article will be ready for submission. There we have discussed how policy learning and path dependencies as institutional mechanisms have shaped the Chinese disability policy in the past decades. Let’s look forward to it! One more update is that the workshop – The changing conditions for social resilience: Sino-Nordic perspectives on social policy – will be held in October, though probably via the virtual channel. This workshop was planned to be held in Nordic Center, Fudan University of Shanghai physically but canceled due to the pandemic last year. However, we have the pleasure to get this even back on our agenda in the end. […]
Professor Rune Halvorsen has been invited to speak at the conference “Legal Development and Disability Rights,” which was organized by Wuhan University and Human Rights Institute and East-Lake Institute for Social Advancement on June 29. This conference was a side event of the UN Human Rights Council 47th Session. Professor Halvorsen has made a presentation titled “Developments in European Union Accessibility Law and Policy,” sharing insights on the historical evolution of disability legislation, particularly in the accessibility policy area, at the EU level. He has also pinpointed the achievements and limitations of EU disability and the role of non-government sectors playing in shaping EU disability policy and overall disability affairs. Other speakers, such as Ms. Cai Cai, the chief of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), have exchanged ideas on how Asia-Pacific countries have protected disability rights and promote full participation by adopting disability policy.
On April 8, SINOPO Project Manager, Prof. Rune Halvorsen, was invited to attend the “International Conference on the Communist Party of China and the Progress on Human Rights in China”, and spoke in the Parallel Session I “Cross-Cultural Perspective: Human Rights Progress in China under the Leadership of the CPC.”