The Center for Human Rights and International Justice equips a new generation of leaders to protect and promote human rights and dignity for all, in the classroom and in the world.

Mission and History of the Center

Rule of Law and Accountability

Jessie Brunner presents data.

Human Trafficking Research

Digital Archives and New Technologies

Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Indian democracy has long been hailed as an expression of hope and possibility for the postcolonial world. Beyond the tropes of the world’s largest…
Thursday, June 2, 2022. 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Stanford main campusVenue will be provided to those who RSVP
Beth Simmons will deliver this year's Annual Lecture on Human Rights in a talk titled, "Hardening Borders in a Globalizing World: Implications for…


Stanford Human Rights Minor and human rights summer fellow Maggie Roache has been named a 2022 Ford Fellow by the Haas Center for Public Service. Maggie’s passion for international human rights issues, particularly related to transitional justice and refugee rights, has been a driving force behind her time at Stanford.
Norman Farrell, current Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, recently gave the Center’s Annual Lecture on International Justice, titled “International Criminal Law, its Legal Framework and its application in Ukraine.
Marshall Ganz, the 2022 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor and preeminent scholar on leadership, narrative, strategy, and organization in social movements, recently sat down for a conversation with a small group of students and staff in the Center’s lounge.

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In the Classroom and In the World

Learn more about how the Center integrates overseas programs with classroom education.

Founded in 1999 as the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, the Center moved to Stanford in 2014 with transitional support from Dr. Haruhisa Handa. For five years, we operated under the name WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice. In 2019 we became known simply as the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Founding Director David Cohen, on the history of the Center's name