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Dr Robert Weatherley

Dr Robert Weatherley

Affiliated Lecturer in Chinese Politics

Office Phone: 01223 222338


Dr Weatherley is a lawyer with the national law firm Mills & Reeve and heads the firm's China Group. He teaches Chinese politics and history on the C20 Contemporary Chinese Society module at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Robert completed his PhD in Chinese politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne funded by the Konishi Foundation Fellowship. As an undergraduate Robert studied Chinese at the People's University in Beijing (1991-92) and part of his doctoral research was spent at Nankai University in Tianjin (1995-96).

Key Publications


Making China Strong: The Role of Nationalism in Chinese Thinking on Democracy and Human RightsPalgrave, 2014.

Mao's Forgotten Successor: The Political Career of Hua Guofeng, Palgrave, 2010.

Politics in China Since 1949: Legitimizing Authoritarian Rule, Routledge, 2006.

The Discourse of Human Rights in China: Historical and Ideological Perspectives, Macmillan, 1999.

Journal Articles

‘Money for Life: The Legal Debate in China About Criminal Reconciliation in Death Penalty Cases’, Asian Perspective, 39, 2 (2015) (with Helen Pittam)

‘The Rise of “Republican Fever” in the PRC and the Implications for CCP Legitimacy’, China Information, 27, 3 (2013), 3-26 (with Zhang Qiang) 

‘Fanning the Flames of Popular Nationalism: The Debate in China over the Burning of the Old Summer Palace’, Asian Perspective, 37, 1 (2013), 53-76 (with Ariane Rosen)

‘Owning Up to the Past: The KMT’s Role in the War Against Japan and the Impact on CCP Legitimacy’, Pacific Review, 26, 3 (2013), 221-242 (with Zhang Qiang) 

‘The Evolution of Human Rights Thinking in North Korea’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 24, 2 (2008), 272-96 (with Song Jiyoung)

‘Defending the Nation: The Role of Nationalism in Chinese Thinking on Human Rights’, Democratization, 15, 2 (2008), 342-62

‘Harmony or Coercion: EU-China Trade Dispute Involving Intellectual Property Enforcement’, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 25, 3 (2007), 439-90 (with Shi Wei)

‘Challenging the State Orthodoxy: Liberal Conceptions of Human Rights in Late Qing and Post-Mao China’, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 17, 2 (2007), 331-52

‘Harmony, Hierarchy and Duty Based Morality: The Confucian Antipathy Towards Rights’, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 2, 2 (2002), 245-67

‘The Evolution of Chinese Thinking on Human Rights in the Post-Mao Era’, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 17, 2 (2001), 19-42

‘Human Rights in China: Between Marx and Confucius’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 3, 4 (2000), 101-25

Book Chapters

‘Democracy with Chinese Characteristics: The Importance of National Conditions’, in Lion Koenig and Bidisha Chaudhuri (eds.), Politics of the ‘Other’ in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts (London: Routledge, 2015). 

 ‘Human Rights’, in Chris Ogden (ed.), Handbook of China’s Governance and Domestic Politics (London: Routledge, 2012), 187-98.