Zhang Wanhong

About Zhang Wanhong

Dr. 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 has also authored some of the first Chinese articles on Law and Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Business and Human Rights.


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 deputy 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 many international and domestic organizations, including International Labor Organization Beijing Office and the Equity and Justice Initiative (Shenzhen). Occasionally, he was invited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to do evaluation and consultation for their development projects in China. 

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Zhang Wanhong
Professor of Jurisprudence, Wuhan University School of Law, China
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences