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On the heels of the global community marking the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cornerstone document in the history of human rights, Stanford’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice commemorates its own 10th anniversary during the 2023-2024 academic year.
In the Stanford Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s 2024 Annual Lecture on Human Rights on May 14, famed international human rights lawyer Jared Genser explored a daunting new arena where technological advancement stands to both challenge and promote human rights: our own minds.  
Professor Beth Simmons of the University of Pennsylvania delivered the Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s 2024 Annual Lecture on International Justice on April 9, titled “From Barriers to Abuse: International Border Hardening and Human Rights.” Simmons – who is well-known for her research on international political economy durin

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In the Classroom and In the World

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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