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.

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The Center for Human Rights and International Justice welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on February 14 to deliver keynote remarks reflecting on the role of human rights frameworks in guiding tech companies, governments, and individuals through the age of generative AI.  Prior to this talk, High Commissioner Türk joi
As the culmination of his appointment as a Visiting Senior Fellow this summer, Faculty Co-Director David Cohen was honored to deliver the S.T.

General Masaharu Homma, a Japanese officer charged with war crimes, testifies in his own defense at his trial held in the High Commissioner’s residence in...

Michael Eastman, a researcher for the Center's Virtual Tribunals Initiative, recently returned from an exciting and fruitful scoping trip he undertook to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland.

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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