In the early days of the UN, human rights was one of the most pressing issues. After
the UN Commission on Human Rights was established, the international community
process, Pengchun Chang (P. C. Chang), the Chinese representative, drew heavily
on his view that human dignity was the raison d’être of human rights, and as a
consequence recognition of the importance of human dignity was a key element in the
UDHR eventually adopted. I conclude that Chang was skilled in his advocacy of the
recognition of human dignity as he persuaded people to reach a consensus on human
rights standards, providing a common standard for all peoples and all nations. This
paper will mainly ask: What was the role of human dignity in P. C. Chang’s idea on
human rights? What role can we say human dignity played? How did the UDHR treat
the issue of human dignity?
Human Dignity, Human Rights, P. C. Chang, UDHR, Traditional Chinese
P. C. Chang
of Human Dignity for the
of Human Rights
∗ The earlier version of this article was presented at Christ Church College, Oxford on August 3, 2018.
** Professor at China University of Political Science and Law. MA (Warwick), Ph.D. (CUPL). ORCID: https://orcid.
org/0000-0002-1470-9542. Much gratitude is extended to John Nicholson, a senior copy editor with CHINA DAILY, for
his careful revision, insightful comments and warm-hearted assistance in the proofreading. The author may be contacted
at: firstname.lastname@example.org/Address: China University of Political Science and Law, 25, Xitucheng Road, Haidian
District, Beijing 100088 P. R. China.
J. EAST ASIA & INT’L L. Vol. 12/No.1 (2019); 91-106
Publication type : Research Article
Section : Notes & Comments
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2019.12.1.05