The EU's Human Rights Dialogue with China
Quiet Diplomacy and its Limits
Routledge – 2012 – 240 pages
This book provides the first detailed reconstruction and assessment of the EU’s responses to human rights violations in China from 1995 to the present day. It provides new insights into the EU’s internal debate on the merits of its quiet human rights diplomacy and, where relevant, also compares the EU approach with that of other actors, notably the United States.
Drawing on almost seventy interviews and building on classified information on the dialogue, Kinzelbach lifts the veil of secrecy and presents a policy assessment which does not rely exclusively on the EU’s public pronouncements on the dialogue, but de-links the assessment from diplomatically worded pieces of political communication. The author then offers a policy assessment that includes an institutional appraisal, an examination of dialogue dynamics and an impact assessment.
This ground-breaking book will of interest to students and scholars of international politics, human rights, international law, EU politics, especially the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and Chinese politics.
1. Introduction 2. Origin of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 3. Set-up of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 4. Inception Phase of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 5. Consolidation Phase of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 6. Ritualistic Phase of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 7. Crisis Phase of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 8. Impact Assessment of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue 9. Conclusion and Recommendations
Katrin Kinzelbach is a fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and currently resides in China for research purposes. Prior to joining GPPi, Katrin was a researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (2007-2010). In 2009, the European Parliament invited her to testify on the human rights dimension of the EU’s China policy. Before researching the EU-China human rights dialouge, Katrin served as programme specialist for UNDP, focusing on democratic governance and crisis prevention (2001-2007). Katrin also worked on short-time assignments for UNHCR (2000) as well as for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Croatia (1998;1999).