This open lecture deals with the life and work of the Chinese philosopher and diplomat Peng Chun Chang (1882-1957) who was one of the key writers of the Universal Declaration of Human Right. Chang was a scholar (university professor), a diplomat and a playwright, and he has been described as a Renaissance personality. He belonged to a special generation of people who experienced both the time of the rule of the Emperor and the Republic as well as the People´s Republic of China.

Other well know members of this generation were Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek and Hu Shih. The lecture analyses the important contribution of Chang regarding the Universal Declaration, and presents his contributions in light of his life experiences and cultural background. The lecture will be based upon the new book by Hans Ingvar Roth "När Konfucius kom till FN"( When Confucius Came to the UN).

Hans Ingvar Roth is professor of human rights at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University, and he has also worked as senior advisor at the Ministry of Justice and as Human Rights Officer for the OSCE.