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Honours for human rights expert and Chinese academic

By Rebecca Black

A Belfast-born international human rights expert and a leading Chinese academic are set to be honoured by Queen's University Belfast today.

Former Deputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Michael O'Boyle will receive his award for distinction in public service.

A barrister and former lecturer at Queen's, Mr O'Boyle studied at Harvard Law School and the International Institute of Human Rights, spending much of his career in Strasbourg, where he was a prominent figure in the field of international human-rights protection.

He retains links to Queen's where he undertook his initial degree.

"I am delighted to be recognised in this way by Queen's University where I initially studied and lectured," he said.

"I still retain my links with the School of Law and am proud to be able to share my experiences with up and coming researchers in this important area.

"If I had any words of wisdom for my fellow graduates today, it would be that education, especially from a top-class university like Queen's, will stand you in good stead for the rest of your lives and enable you to make a contribution to improving the lives of others."

Also being honoured today is President Qun Zhao, President of the China Medical University (CMU), which has a long standing partnership with Queen's that has led to the development of the China Queen's College in Shenyang, the capital of Laioning Province in north-east China.

Rewarded for his services to education, President Zhao was instrumental in rapidly developing the CMU International Education School which was among the first batch of Chinese medical schools authorised to recruit and to teach international students in English.

Speaking ahead of receiving his LLD, President Zhao said: "This is a great honour for me to be recognised by Queen's University, which is building on its collaborative efforts with Chinese universities to help the next generation of students become world-class global scholars and ensure research partnerships help build a better global society."

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