Nicola Macbean is the Executive Director of The Rights Practice, a UK-based NGO she founded in 2002 with the original aim of building local capacity in China to put human rights into practice. Macbean has worked in the field of international exchange and cooperation with China for over 30 years, focusing on criminal justice reforms and human rights. She was previously Director of the Great Britain-China Centre and has been a consultant to the UN and DFID.

After receiving a degree in Social Anthropology, Macbean studied Chinese at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, in Taipei, and at Shanghai’s Fudan University. She also has degrees in Education and Human Rights Law.

Last Updated: November 24, 2021



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