Human protection is an area of international concern that has largely been advanced normatively in the period since the late 1990s – that is, in the period of China’s growing material power and increasingly active role in global governance. It is an area of policy that embodies a more expansive definition of security that prioritizes the security of the individual. The underlying assumption is that it is an issue area that poses a particularly large challenge for Beijing. The presentation is based on Professor Foot’s current book project. It examines how a more powerful China satisfies its desire to shape global norms relating to human protection in ways that reflect its ideological beliefs, and that do not undermine its image as a responsible great power.
Professor Rosemary Foot is the 2017 Des Ball Chair at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. She is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and China-US relations in a changing world order. Her books include The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict, 1950-53 (Cornell, 1985); The Practice of Power: US Relations with China since 1949 (Oxford, 1995); Rights Beyond Borders: the Global Community and the Struggle Over Human Rights in China (Oxford, 2000); China, the United States, and Global Order (Cambridge, 2011, with Andrew Walter); and The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford, 2014, co-edited with Saadia Pekkanen & John Ravenhill). Her current book project involves the relationship between China and the norms of human protection.