Zhang Wanhong

Zhang Wanhong earned his Ph.D. in Law from Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, China, where he now holds the position of Professor of Jurisprudence.  He studies and teaches in the legal areas related to human rights, public interest and civil society.   He is the pioneer of rights-based disability studies in China and founding editor-in-chief of Disability Rights Studies in China. Professor Zhang is one of the drafters of China’s first National Human Rights Action Plan. He is the author and translator of a number of books, and has published articles in both international and Chinese journals. He is one of the founders and the Executive Director of Wuhan University Institute for Human Rights Studies.  He was the Edwards Fellow (2005) at Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA, and was named as Columbia’s first Greater China Public Interest Fellow (2013). He had visiting positions at a number of academic institutes at home and aboard, among them, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (Norway), Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden), Danish Human Rights Institute (Denmark), Academia Sinica (Taiwan). He is Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands China Law Centre, University of Amsterdam. As the Director of Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute, Professor Zhang and his colleagues are actively working in the field of protection and promotion of human rights in China. He also serves as advisor to several international and domestic organizations. Recently, he was appointed as Chief Expert of the prestigious Wuhan University Institute of International Law.