Prof. Feng Wu
School of Journalism and New Media XJTU, China
Research Area: Chinese national leader’s press conferences, Chinese political communication, quantitative research, Chinese newspaper marketing & management, culture industry, and new media
Introduction: FengWu(PhD, School of Journalism and Communication,HuazhongUniversity of Science and Technology, 2009) is a full professor of Journalism and New Media school at Xi’anJiaotongUniversity in Xi’an, Shanxi, P. R.China.Heis also a visiting scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri(2015-2016) . His research interests include: Chinese national leader’s press conferences, Chinese political communication, quantitative research, Chinese newspaper marketing & management, culture industry, and new media. He is a productive young researcher. In recent five years, he had publishedfiveEnglish articles in leading journals indexed in SSCI, such asInternational Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication,China: An International Journal. At the same time,he had published more than thirty Chinese articles in leading journals in journalism & communications field (indexed in CSSCI). He has finished more than50 important projects (funded and principal investigator).
Prof. Sanoj Rajan
Zhejiang Gongshang University, China
Research Area: International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Statelessness and Citizenship Laws
Professor Sanoj Rajan is a Professor of International Law and Human Rights. He is presently appointed as Distinguished Professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China. His other academic affiliations include Affiliate, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, Visiting Professor, Indian Society of International Law, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty and the International Christian University at Kinshasa, Congo.
His former academic associations include Associate Director, Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at the Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, the ICCR India Chair Visiting Professor at CUHK Faculty of Law, Hong Kong, and the head of the Academic Programs Division, the International Committee of the Red Cross for the South Asian countries and Iran. He had also been the Professor and Dean at the School of Law, Ansal University, India, Professor and Head, School of Law at North Cap University Gurgaon and has taught law at the University of Kerala during the initial period of his career. He is a Commonwealth Scholar, and hold a PhD, LLM in International Law, and Mst. in Human Rights (Oxford).
He has forty-one publications which include books, research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and op-eds; eighty-seven Conference presentations, seminars, invited talks, and keynote speeches, nationally and internationally. He had also been a Peer Reviewer for the update on Official Commentaries of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and its 1977 Additional Protocol for the ICRC Geneva and a member of the Editorial Board of Yearbook of Indian Society of International Law. He has the credit of delivering invited talks on International Law and Human Rights topics in more than 45 institutions in multiple countries including Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Iran, Thailand, Malaysia, and India. He also holds the credit of being the first Indian to be invited to lecture at The International Criminal Court at the Hague, The Netherlands.
He is also among the Founding Governance Board members of Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) and also was the co-coordinator for the core group of experts who founded SNAP, which is a UNHCR initiative involving 50 countries in the Asia Pacific region. His research and teaching interest include International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Statelessness and Citizenship Laws. His latest publications include; 1) Book: Global Refugee Crisis, A Contemporary Reflection (Thomson Reuters 2018) and 2) Ending International Surrogacy Induced Statelessness: An International Human Rights Law Perspective, Indian Journal of International Law (IJIL), Springer Publication (October 2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40901-018-0092-9, 3) International Humanitarian Law in the Indian Military and Civilian Justice System” in the Book, Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law from & on the Asia-Pacific Region Suzannah Linton, Tim McCormack and Sandesh Sivakumaran (eds), Cambridge University Press, pp.475-90. 4)“Domesticating Crimes against Humanity in India: A Case Study on State v. Sajjan Kumar and Others” Leiden Journal of International Law, 2021 (forthcoming). His latest book is International Humanitarian Law in India: A Handbook, Thomson Reuters, Asia Pacific, 2020 (2190 pages. ISBN 978-93-90529-04-9).
Title of Keynote Speech:
Forced Migration and Human Rights in Armed Conflicts: A Global Challenge
The landscape of human migration and displacement is riddled with complexities, yet it becomes even more intricate and dire when set against the backdrop of armed conflicts. As the tides of warfare shape nations, the resultant waves of forced migration form an urgent humanitarian challenge intertwined deeply with the fabric of human rights. This talk aims to spotlight the triad of migration, displacement, and human rights during armed conflicts, with a distinct focus on three pivotal axes of exploration. 1) The root causes of forced migration and displacement in armed conflicts; 2)The human rights challenges of forced migration and displacement in armed conflicts; 3) The international legal framework for protecting the rights of displaced persons in armed conflicts.
Assoc. Prof. Ka Chai TAM
Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Research Area:History of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1645), Chinese Legal History, Economic Development and Social Order of Ming-Qing China, Maritime and Transportation History, Historical Geographic Information System (GIS)
TAM Ka-chai has recently published three books on Chinese legal history. Before reading his D.Phil. in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, he studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he received his B.A. (Hons) History (1st) and M.Phil. After teaching and researching in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and CUHK, he has been serving in the Department of History, the Hong Kong Baptist University, and now as an Associate Professor. Alongside legal history, his areas of interest include maritime and transportation history of East Asia from 14th to 21st centuries, and the development of Historical Geographical Information System (GIS).
Title of Keynote Speech:
Local History Studies and the Creation of Community in a World of Polarization and Urban Fragmentation
Leading political thinkers from the West argue that the only solution to mend the broken democracies under the destruction of political polarization in America and Europe is to create “micro-communities” which one can find self-identity and commitment to the country by bringing benefits to fellow members of the unit. While in the Far East, community leaders have promoted the idea of cultural identity creation of the village as the promising solution of rural decline after rapid urbanization in the recent decades. The main argument of this paper is that the same mode of rural community creation could be applied to the urban areas that could help citizens to find self-realization in the relatively fragmented setting of the cities. Taking Hong Kong SAR as an example, this paper proposes the creation of micro-units of less than one square kilometre which peopled about 10,000 citizens, in a Historical GIS designed to serve History Education of Secondary Schools of Hong Kong. In the long run, the digital infrastructure of the units contributed by local students in the GIS could be utilized by citizens and local officials to open discussions about the issues concerning their own micro-community in question, so as to enhance connections of the residence to the larger community and their country.